Augusta teen convicted of shooting at sheriff's officer

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 2:51 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 1:52 AM
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A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted an Augusta teen Tuesday of aggravated assault and weapon charges for shooting at a sheriff’s deputy.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Chad Cheek was in uniform and sitting in an unmarked vehicle equipped with blue lights and siren Dec. 3, 2011, when Garrett D. Howard III, now 17, fired two shots at him.

Cheek, an 18-year veteran officer assigned to the bomb squad, wasn’t hit, but the bullets came within inches of his head.

The deputy was off-duty and on his way to work a special detail during the city’s Christmas parade when he spotted Howard near the Cherry Tree Crossing public housing complex. Howard, Cheek testified Monday, was armed. When Cheek hit his blue lights and siren, Howard turned and fired.

Howard was 15 at the time, and known to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He had several Juvenile Court delinquency hearings for a burglary in 2009; burglary, obstruction of an officer and possession of a weapon at school in 2010; and two counts of theft and possession of illegal drugs in 2011.

Assistant Public Defender Alexia David sought to have the aggravated assault case transferred back to Juvenile Court, but Judge Michael N. Annis ruled Howard needed to stand trial as an adult.

Howard, who was held in a juvenile detention facility until he turned 17 last week and was transferred to the county jail, will be sentenced at a later date.

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/13/13 - 07:04 am
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Good decision Judge Annis.

Good decision Judge Annis.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 02/13/13 - 07:48 am
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Shouldn't have been on the street anyways...

Getting old seeing how many times people like this have been in trouble with no consequences.

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MarinerMan 02/13/13 - 08:35 am
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Should've Been Dropped
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I said in the previous story that I wished that Deputy Cheek had been able to get a better shot, and dropped Howard. Anyone who fires on a Law Enforcement Officer gives up their right to life. Howard did not care if he killed Deputy Cheek. Game over. This was even before I knew anything about his record. Now I'm even more convinced -- he should've been taken out. Now we will have to feed and clothe him until he gets out, and ultimately, we will see his name again in the paper.

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kiwiinamerica 02/13/13 - 11:44 am
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I don't think it's an
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I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Mr. Howard does not hold human life in particularly high regard. If he shows no qualms about turning and shooting at a deputy who did nothing more than turn on his siren and blue lights, then it's a safe bet that this guy will take anyone's life in the blink of an eye.

He's a clear and present danger and needs to be neutralized with extreme prejudice.

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itsanotherday1 02/13/13 - 12:02 pm
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Be careful y'all; inevitably

Be careful y'all; inevitably someone will compare this case to the one in ColCo where the little white boy got off with probation for killing the girl.

Apples and cantaloupes as far as the similarity of circumstances.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 02/13/13 - 02:18 pm
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I'm Not Happy With That Sentence Either
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I'm not happy with the sentence that the juvenile received for the "accident". I have a problem with some kid, nosing around someone's house, finding a shotgun on top of a gun cabinet, and TOUCHING something that doesn't belong to him !! Much less, taking it down from its perch, and pointing it at another living being, and pulling the damn trigger ! He was stupid. The thug above had already earned his reputation. After the first shot @ the officer, he should've been dropped.

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