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Man Sentenced For Killing Serena And Venus Williams' Sister Released And Arrested Again For Violating Parole

Robert Edward Maxfield was released earlier this year after serving nearly 15 years for the killing of Yetunde Price.

By Samira Sadeque

A man who spent almost 15 years in prison for killing Yetunde Price, sister of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, has reportedly been arrested again after violating parole last Friday.

Robert Edward Maxfield, 38, had been released from prison earlier this year, and was arrested again in Compton, California, on July 27, according to People.

It is not immediately clear what his parole violations were. A Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations spokesman was unable to confirm with People the duration of Maxfield’s parole, and rejected claims that he was “freed early.”

Maxfield reportedly spent almost three years in jail after his initial arrest, and an additional 12 years after his sentencing.

Maxfield was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years in a trial where he pleaded no-contest to voluntary manslaughter of 31-year-old Price, according to the LA Times. Maxfield accepted the lesser count of voluntary manslaughter after two trials that ended in hung juries.

Price was killed in a shooting in September 2003 when she was driving with her boyfriend near a suspected drug house in Compton, California, the LA Times reported.

Witnesses said Maxfield, allegedly a member of the Southside Crips gang, shot at their car with an AK-47 assault rifle, mistaking the pair for other people. Rolland Wormley, Price’s boyfriend, was not injured.

The DOC spokesperson also told People that a person could risk having their parole revoked if they violate it, although he did not comment on this specific case.

LA County Sheriff’s Department records show Maxfield was released early morning Wednesday.

[Photo: Tennis player Serena Williams (R) with her older sister Yetunde Price in July 2003 in Hollywood, California. By Vince Bucci/Getty Images]