Judge adds to homicide sentence

A federal judge added 10 years in federal prison to a former Williamsport man who already is serving 18 1/2 to 45 years in state prison after pleading guilty in a murder on Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township.

Zachary James Williams received a 10-year federal sentence Monday from U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann. It was on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Williams was sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm without a license.

Williams drove William Maurice Dowling, of Philadelphia, and Joshua A. Cooley, of Williamsport, to a location in the township to commit a burglary, Cooley testified at a 2018 preliminary hearing.

Williams reportedly shot Dowling with a .38 caliber pistol at close range following an argument between the two at Poco Farm Road Extension and Poco Farm Road.