Friday, April 12, 2013

Guilty Plea in Murder of June Lim

June Lim owned & ran Grace Deli for years. She had hoped to retire soon.

Homicide Watch DC reports that the man accused of murdering H Street merchant June Lim (also known as Hae Soon Lim) has entered a guilty plea. Check their page for details as they become available (and also for past stories).

Press release after the jump.
District Man Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder While Armed In Slaying of Northeast Washington Deli Owner

DNA Linked the Defendant to the Crime Scene- WASHINGTON – Steven Williams, 46, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the June 2012 slaying of the owner of a Northeast Washington delicatessen, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Williams pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert E. Morin scheduled sentencing for June 17, 2013. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 40 years in prison. Under the plea agreement, the government will ask for no more than 28 years of incarceration, and the defendant will seek no less than 20 years in prison.

According to the government’s evidence, the victim, Hae Soon Lim, 64, was found by police on June 14, 2012, at about 6:15 a.m., on the floor of her delicatessen, Grace’s Deli, in the 700 block of H Street NE. Her vehicle was found parked directly outside. An autopsy determined that Ms. Lim died from a single gunshot wound that entered through the back of her neck.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has a crime surveillance camera located a block away from the delicatessen at 8th and H Streets NE. A review of the video from the camera showed that a vehicle consistent with the appearance of the vehicle belonging to Ms. Lim pulled up and parked in front of the deli at about 5:25 a.m. on June 14, 2012.

The video also shows a single person, believed to be the victim, leaving the vehicle and walking toward the restaurant. The video then shows, moments later, a single person crossing H Street rapidly on foot, moving toward the front entrance of the restaurant, where that person then proceeds to interact in close proximity with the person believed to be Ms. Lim.

An empty, brown handgun holster was found on the floor directly next to Ms. Lim’s body. DNA from that holster revealed a match to the defendant. Williams’s DNA was also recovered from an empty cash register located inside the restaurant, behind the counter and out of reach from the customer area. 

Williams was charged with the murder in November 2012 and remains in custody.

In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen and Chief Lanier praised the work of those who investigated the case for the MPD. They also expressed appreciation for the work performed by the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. Finally, they commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael C. Liebman and Justin Dillon, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.


Anonymous said...

glad to hear this lowlife is off the streets, hopefully for a long long time. i'll never understand the loss of life for petty cash. i hope this brings some peace to the lim family.

drexelgirl said...

rest in peace, hae soon lim.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this news. It is good to know that the person who did this has been caught. Nothing can bring the woman back that so many loved, but I hope this will help bring some sort of closure to the Lim family. I never walk by that place and not think of her. Just so sad...

pat said...

S V Williams age 47 has pled guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, his plea offer includes a sentence request of 20-28 years, for a crime with a statutory range of 5-40 years.

The Judge may impose a more significant sentence but even at 25 years Williams will be 72 when he gets out, that is a very long time and he will be a very old man.

it appears Williams has served other sentences and is currently being held on a parole violation, as such, he will likely not serve his new sentence until his current sentence completes or the judge will use that to give him a longer sentence.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to pat for providing this info.