By Sandra Rose  | 

Derrick Williams sentenced to life for killing wife

Finesse Dawson died a brutal death at the hands of the man who vowed to love and protect her forever. Derrick McLaurence Williams, 32, was convicted of beating and strangling Dawson on Dec. 5, 2012.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The arrest warrant detailed the savagery inflicted upon the 33-year-old woman in her Smyrna home.

"During a physical altercation, the accused choked the victim to death and beat her, leaving massive bruising to her head, hands, arms, back and buttocks," the warrant stated.

"This was sustained cruelty," Deputy Chief ADA Michael Scott Carlson said in his final argument. "Derrick Williams is just a man who will not take responsibility for his action.....He's a one-man war on women."

After Williams choked Dawson to death he cleaned her body and wrapped her in bedding to conceal his crime.

Williams reportedly told friends and police the victim died from a drug overdose.

It's unknown how long Williams waited to tell her family and friends that Dawson had died. Williams fled the state but he was captured by U.S. Marshals as he sat on a Greyhound bus in Reno, Nevada one week later, the reports.

It wasn't the first time Dawson was beaten into submission by Williams. At the time of Dawson's death, Williams was on probation for domestic violence against his wife, according to the

Dawson confused healthy love for the violence and intimidation Williams subjected her to on a regular basis. She had a tattoo on her leg that read "Love Hurts......Derrick," according to Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

Family and friends of Finesse Dawson maintain a Facebook page in her memory.

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    • San ah make ya dance

      she had a tattoo on her leg that read “Love Hurts……Derrick,”
      Terrible :no: Some people love too hard. Aint that much love in the world

    • Yardgirl

      You can get mad and "maybe" get away with cussing me out (sticks and stone yadayada) however hit me once and you will be dealth with swiftly and in kind :coffee: RIP to this young woman who did not love herself more than she loved her abuser :no:

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Yard you better say that!!! Round here that's an automatic reflex (hit back) :tea:

    • Yardgirl

      Hey Jenie girlie!! :hug: Yo I am a lover not a fighter, however my dad was a drill sergeant in the army so I have some skills!! Homie don't play that shyte, I will knock you out!! :coffee: <<---- might be laced ifn you mess with me!! :D

    • Sandra Rose

      We don't know what Love is. We're so conditioned to believe Love is a warm, fuzzy feeling. That's not Love. That's Dopamine. :no:

    • MsChavo

      @ Sandra, so what do you think is the healthiest concept to keep 2 people together?

    • Sandra Rose

      MsChavo says:

      @ Sandra, so what do you think is the healthiest concept to keep 2 people together?

      There is no concept to keep couples together. The whole romantic relationship process goes against nature, which is why it doesn't work out 60% of the time. What people think of as romantic love is really just a social construct that doesn't exist in nature.

    • huxy

      Monogamy is indeed not in our nature, however so is kindness, love,integrity,trust, and all other forms of goodness. This is why its imperative to operate in the spirit. Only the holy spirit abiding in us allows us to live as God intended.