WATERLOO — An administrative law judge has revoked the parole for a Waterloo man who allegedly took off for Minnesota after being questioned about his wife’s disappearance in January.
Authorities said Fredrick Williams, 27, violated his parole by crossing state lines without permission and by failing to tell his parole officer he was no longer working for about two months after parting ways with his job.
As of Thursday, Williams remained in the Black Hawk County Jail awaiting a hearing for allegedly helping another inmate circumvent a restraining order by contacting the other inmate’s alleged victim.
He has the option of appealing the parole violation ruling.
Meanwhile, Waterloo police continue to investigate the death of Williams’ wife, 40-year-old Lakisha Owens, who was found dead in a Waterloo cemetery days after she was reported missing by her mother. Officers said they are treating the death as a homicide, but no arrests have been made.
Williams had been on parole for being the getaway driver in a 2014 armed mugging in Cedar Falls, and during a March 13 parole revocation hearing he asked for work release instead of returning to prison and claimed his parole officer had his reports wrong regarding what he had said about his employment.
In her ruling, Administrative Judge Michelle Becker said there was information Williams was being investigated in his wife’s disappearance, and, while he admitted to being out of Iowa when he was arrested on the parole warrant, he offered no explanation as to why he left the state.
“It is likely that his pattern of criminal thinking and manipulation would continue if he were allowed to remain in the community,” Becker wrote in her decision, which will return him to the state Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of his 25-year sentence as determined by the Board of Parole.
Owens was reported missing Jan. 25 after her mother hadn’t seen her in days. The following day, police questioned Williams in Waterloo about the disappearance, and he was later found in St. Paul, Minn. Owens’ body was discovered in Garden of Memories on the afternoon of Jan. 26.