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Carl Williams' stepson still behind bars

AAP logoAAP 26/08/2016

Carl Williams © AAP Image/Shaney Balcombe, File Carl Williams The stepson of slain Melbourne drug kingpin Carl Williams will soon be released from jail on a community-based order, despite having previously breached similar orders.

Tye Stephens was sentenced to 135 days today after pleading guilty to charges relating to a firearm, ice, handling stolen goods and dealing with $2380 suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The eldest son of gangland matriarch Roberta Williams has already served more than 90 days in 23-hour lockdown - for his safety - at Port Phillip's high-security Charlotte Unit.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse tempered Stephens' jail sentence because of the onerous conditions, saying in the "normal course" he would have handed the 29-year-old nine months behind bars.

He also placed Stephens on a stringent community corrections order (CCO), to begin when he is released in October.

The Sunshine Magistrates' Court heard Stephens had a history of breaching parole.

But Mr Pithouse said the sentence was a "balancing act" that should address Stephens' longstanding drug abuse issues, while also taking his history and offending into account.

Stephens' possession of a loaded Colt .45 pistol, found by police when they intercepted him in a McDonald's car park at Melton in May, was significant in light of his prior crimes, which included armed robbery, the court heard.

"You really need to go jail for that," Mr Pithouse said.

When police searched Stephens' car, he had offered them a crack pipe and said he had used ice the night before.

He had also pulled a bag of the drug ice from his pants and told officers the gun was for self-protection.

Stephens began using cannabis in his early teens but moved on to ice and was using it daily when he committed the crimes, his lawyer Theo Magazis told the court last week.

He also suffered chronic post traumatic stress due to the events of his family background.

"He grew up in a background where family members were murdered, where his stepfather was murdered while in custody," Mr Magazis said.

The stress continued to this day, after the targeted shooting up of the home of his late grandfather George Williams, leading to those accused being charged with attempted murder, the court heard.

Stephens' father was in court today and Stephens, who appeared via audio video link, will live with him in Yarraville when he is released.

Stephens' CCO includes:

* 12 months reporting to corrections

* Supervision

* Treatment for drug abuse and behavioural programs

* Testing

* Six-month curfew, 10pm - 6am

* Ban on entering licensed premises, including cafes and restaurants, after 6pm.

Stephens is due to reappear in court in November for judicial monitoring.

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