Stealing added to rap sheet

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An Augusta man with a long criminal record was sentenced to a maximum 11-year prison term Wednesday for stealing a man's truck and running over the victim's foot in the process.

Juan R. Tillman, 37, wanted to withdraw his guilty plea after hearing Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.'s sentence, but it was too late, the judge said.

Mr. Tillman pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to theft and hit-and-run.

On July 8, Mr. Tillman hopped into Broderick Smith's truck, which the victim had left running. When Mr. Smith tried to stop Mr. Tillman from stealing the truck, Mr. Tillman ran over Mr. Smith's foot, breaking most of the bones, said Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus.

When he was arrested a few days later, Mr. Tillman had cocaine on him. That case was dismissed in the plea agreement between the prosecutor and defense attorney Jennifer Brock of the public defender's office.

When Mr. Tillman apologized but tried to downplay his involvement and criminal history Wednesday, the judge read from Mr. Tillman's rap sheet.

Mr. Tillman's convictions date back to 1987. Among them is an involuntary manslaughter conviction. In June 1989 he shot 18-year-old Robert A. Overton to death.

Mr. Tillman tried to explain Wednesday that the shooting was in self-defense but Georgia law doesn't recognize that defense.

Judge Blanchard informed Mr. Tillman that he had practiced criminal law for 20 years and Georgia law does indeed recognize self-defense.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 02/08/07 - 07:39 am
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What was he doing out of

What was he doing out of prison? Doesn't killing a person get you any time these days? I know the guy he hit and he had to have multiple surgeries and extensive rehab. It's crazy that people do things like this.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 02/08/07 - 09:06 am
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11 years is NOT ENOUGH, throw

11 years is NOT ENOUGH, throw away the key. Make him earn his keep.

pofwe
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pofwe 02/08/07 - 09:54 am
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You would think these judges'

You would think these judges' sentences would have some teeth. But these malice punks play the system with the help of court-appointed counsel.

Demo-blican
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Demo-blican 02/08/07 - 01:19 pm
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The guy admitted he was

The guy admitted he was guilty. He should go to prison! What did he expect?
Just too bad our system doesn't have a rehabilitation program. If it did, perhaps none of this would have happened.

grow up augusta
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grow up augusta 02/08/07 - 02:52 pm
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11 years! I guess the judge

11 years! I guess the judge did give him the maximun sentence. Maybe if out lawmakers had one of their feet ran over, the penalty would have been more severe. I love how the defendant tried to defend himself. He must have gotten his law degree from TW Josey :)

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FedupwithAUG 02/08/07 - 05:31 pm
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In the court system we have

In the court system we have you can shoot someone at 16 years of age and never do jail time. It happens alot. They will get 90 detention. and a $50 fine. That's just the way it is folks!

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