Man sentenced to 38 years in prison for abducting woman and leaving her in a ditch

Christopher Thomas Williams, a 39-year-old man from Indianapolis, has been given a 38-year prison sentence for a horrific crime committed in 2018. Williams was found guilty of abducting a woman, inflicting severe injuries on her, and then leaving her for dead in a ditch.

The woman was not found until the following day. The sentence was handed down by a Henry County judge after a jury convicted Williams in March on charges that included attempted murder, criminal confinement, intimidation, theft, and criminal mischief.

The woman was reportedly abducted in June 2018 by Williams and his co-defendant, 38-year-old Jonathan D. O’Connor of Beech Grove. The incident took place after the woman had dropped her kids off at daycare. O’Connor admitted to law enforcement officials that he drove the car while Williams brutally assaulted the woman in the back seat.

According to O’Connor, Williams proceeded to remove the unconscious woman, who appeared to have been choked, from the car. Williams then discarded her over a ravine alongside Interstate 70 in Henry County. The victim was left in a ditch near Knightstown off I-70, where she remained undiscovered for nearly a day. The severely injured woman was eventually found by a passerby who heard her screams.

Further revelations from O’Connor included Williams’ destruction of the woman’s cellphone. He alleged that Williams tossed the destroyed device into a creek in Henry County. These details were later confirmed by court records.

The sentencing of Williams took place on May 5. Meanwhile, his co-defendant O’Connor is due to face trial on June 26, charged with criminal confinement.