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Spartanburg Man Sentenced To 45 Years For Shooting Deputy

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After a four day trial, a jury convicted a Spartanburg man of shooting a Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputy in 2011. After a four day trial, a jury convicted a Spartanburg man of shooting a Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputy in 2011.
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After a four day trial, a jury convicted a Spartanburg man of shooting a Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputy in 2011.

Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesman Murray Glenn stated that Robert Odell Brown, 29, was convicted of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and failure to stop for a blue light. Brown was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Derham Cole to 45 years in prison.

During the course of the trial, Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette and Assistant Solicitor Timi Poulos utilized DNA, fingerprints, video and testimony from law enforcement to show that Brown shot deputy Brad James in the face on November 6, 2011.

James was working third shift when he spotted Brown's car speed past him on Irwin Avenue. James began pursuing the vehicle, which made a turn onto Carolina Drive. Shortly thereafter, Brown fled from his vehicle and a foot chase ensued. During the course of the chase, Brown shot at James three times, striking him in the face and back. James managed to fire his weapon at Brown nine times as he fled away on Kimberly Drive.

Brown was arrested the next day after he fled the area to Virginia where he was involved in a standoff with state troopers that ended in a shootout. He had changed his clothes, cut his hair and switched vehicles.  

"Deputy James showed great courage throughout this life-threatening event," Barnette said. "He shared critically important information with his peers that led to arrest and successful prosecution of Robert Brown."

Brown had prior convictions of resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, breaking and entering a vehicle, second-degree burglary and failure to stop for a blue light. He will have to serve at least 36 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

James resumed his duties with the Sheriff's Office last year. He testified during the trial.

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