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Pulling out a gun 'is his go-to move,' authorities say. Now he's got a life sentence

An argument outside Stilleto's strip club on Dec. 20, 2014 spilled out into the parking lot. That's where John Williams Jr. was shot to death.
An argument outside Stilleto's strip club on Dec. 20, 2014 spilled out into the parking lot. That's where John Williams Jr. was shot to death. Google

A 31-year-old Arlington man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for a December 2014 murder outside a Fort Worth strip club.

Patrick Lee Smith was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with shooting John Williams Jr., 28, outside Stiletto's, 3929 Farm Road 157.

He was sentenced to life, 99 years and 18 years in prison, respectively. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Smith shot Williams shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2014.

He also was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Alvin Wallace, who was injured in the same shooting.

Smith was initially charged in another shooting that occurred two hours later at Blaqberry Bar, 844 Secretary Drive, Arlington, but not convicted.

"He's never given a statement on the second shooting, always flat-out denied it," said Kim D'Avignon, one of the Tarrant County prosecutors who argued the case against Smith. "But the gun in the Stiletto's shooting matched the gun in the Arlington shooting."

Smith will have to serve 30 years before being considered for parole, said Samantha Jordan, Tarrant County district attorney's office spokeswoman.

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Patrick Lee Smith Tarrant County Jail Courtesy

D'Avignon said, "His story was that he was protecting his brother, who was about to get beat up by a group of people. But pulling out a gun is just his go-to move. All his prior cases have been shooting at clubs or in big groups of people."

Smith was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2004. He was sentenced to two years for shooting someone in the hip. In court that time, he claimed he was protecting his sister when he pulled out the gun.

In 2007, Smith was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Dec. 20, 2014, Smith and his brother, who was initially arrested in the shooting outside Stiletto's, were involved in an argument inside the strip club that spilled into the parking lot.

Williams and a group of friends had stopped at Stiletto's after renting a party bus for his wife's birthday, prosecutors said.

"[Williams] was a father of four, married to his high school sweetheart," D'Avignon said. "He was a well-known tattoo artist out with a group of people he'd been friends with his whole life, then this happens. His family has hung in there through some very tough times."

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817

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