In a three day trial, Rufus Van Chatman and Troy Jermaine Jackson were convicted on three counts of Armed Robbery, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of Firearm during Commission of a Felony, and Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.
Mr. Chatman and Mr. Jackson were sentenced to forty five years to be served in the state penal system by Judge J. Kevin Chason.
The third defendant, Maurice Merille Williams, was found guilty on Failure to Maintain Lane, Attempting to Elude, Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, Reckless Driving, and Driving while License Suspended.
Mr. Williams was sentenced to two years to be served in the Decatur County Correctional Institute by Judge J. Kevin Chason.
With the assistance of Investigator Mark Esquivel, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brian Palmer, and Trooper Gilbert Meed Kelley, Decatur County Sheriff's Office and Grady County Investigators Robert Brice and Robbie Simmons, evidence at trial showed that Mr. Chatman and Mr. Jackson entered the home of Mr. Richard Moore at gun point and robbed the occupants.
After the armed robbery occurred, the defendants fled and drove to Grady County, Georgia at speeds excelling over 100 mph and attempting to shoot GSP troopers. The defendants were apprehended by GSP Trooper Meed Kelly and Brian Palmer with no fatalities or injuries.
Joe Mulholland and Michael Bankston, stated, "we want the people in our community to know that there will be zero tolerance for horrific crimes in which someone could have very easily been killed. This was a tremendous week for our office, we had a great jury pool and we were able to secure convictions on this serious case of Armed Robbery, Burglary and Aggravated Assault. We also would like to commend the officers of Bainbridge Public Safety, Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Grady County Sheriff's Office for their outstanding and diligent work this trial term."