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Holiday robbers sentenced to 45 years in prison

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Georgia State Patrol Dash Cam Video shows troopers and investigators chasing Rufus Chatman, Troy Jackson, and Maurice Williams after Chatman and Jackson robbed a holiday party on Hall Road in Bainbridge.

"They took a large amount of money. The individuals at the party were playing cards. They were robbed at gun point and then our community was put in danger due to the high level of speed and shots that were being fired in the getaway," said District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

Mulholland says the suspects fled into Grady County where they were involved in a high speed chase.

"It was not only dangerous for law enforcement officers, it was incredibly dangerous for the general public. There were some cars that were passed at over 100 miles an hour on that road that night. And their lives were put in just as much danger as the law enforcement officers were too."

Chatman and Jackson were also charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer because they were firing shots at law enforcers during the chase.

"Investigator Esquivel, Trooper Palmer, they put their lives on the line and to be able to have those people that do this kind of atrocity to our community held for the next 45 years in a state penitentiary, it feels good for me and I know it feels good for them too," said Mulholland.

The two gunmen were sentenced yesterday to 45-years to serve while Williams was sentenced to two years for his traffic offenses.

"I think that the defendants from south Florida certainly learned a lesson about south Georgia and that is that our community is not going to put up with something like this. We make sure that justice is heard and that it is done swiftly," said Mulholland.

Although the suspects were driving more than 100 miles per hour and shooting that night, there were no fatalities or injuries.

The third defendant, Maurice Williams, was found guilty on failure to maintain lane, attempting to elude, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, and driving while license suspended.

 

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