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Man sentenced to life in 2010 chase from checkpoint

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Steven Broadus at his sentencing Tuesday. Steven Broadus at his sentencing Tuesday.
Steven Broadus (Source: Chatham Co. District Attorney's Office) Steven Broadus (Source: Chatham Co. District Attorney's Office)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah man convicted of armed robbery and leading police on a chase in Thunderbolt in 2010 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole plus 25 years.

Steven Douglas Broadus, 34, of Savannah, was found guilty of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of crime, aggravated assault on police officer, fleeing to elude police officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

On the night of July 24, 2010, a man was Broadus was picked up at an Enmark station on Skidaway Road by a man looking to buy marijuana and the driver ended up at a police checkpoint in Thunderbolt.

When they got to the checkpoint, Broadus pointed a gun at the driver and ordered him out of the truck. Broadus then drove took off from the checkpoint.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officer Chris Tucker followed the vehicle in his cruiser. The chase ensued through a residential neighborhood. Broadus lost control of the vehicle. It fishtailed onto Lorraine Road, hit a fire hydrant and a tree. 

Broadus got out of the truck and fired four shots at Tucker, who was out of his cruiser and trying to apprehend him, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office. A gunshot hit Tucker's Taser on his belt, nearly missing him. 

Tucker shot back and hit Broadus in the chest. Broadus took off and was later taken into custody at Memorial University Medical Center, where he sought treatment for the wounds.

A .38-caliber revolver, marijuana packaged for individual sale, a scale and blood that matched the Broadus' DNA was collected at the scene. 

 

Broadus had the opportunity to take a plea deal, which likely would not have meant a life sentence, but he decided to take the stand. It's a decision that the judge said it hurt him.

"I can't recall the last case where evidence was so clear and the defendant was so stubbornly refusing to accept reality," Judge M. Karpf said in court. 

Broadus rejected the plea deal because he wanted to tell his side of the story. He was adamant he was a victim of the system. But the jury and judge didn't buy it.

"No part of it was believable. It was almost laughably unbelievable," Karpf told the defendant in court. 

Because Broadus is a three-time convicted felon, Karpf sentenced him to life for the armed robbery charge. Broadus' sentence and terms: armed robbery - life in prison without parole; aggravated assault - 20 years (consecutive); possession of firearm during the commission of a felony – five years (consecutive); hijacking a motor vehicle - 20 years without parole (concurrent); fleeing to elude police officer – five years without parole (concurrent); possession of marijuana with intent to distribute - 10 years without parole (concurrent); five years probation.

 

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