Who was Justin Elmore?

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Before his death in December, Justin Elmore was no stranger to the Richmond County court system or its jail.

Although never arrested in a violent crime, Mr. Elmore had been charged with three felony drug cases and 12 different misdemeanor cases.

He spent time in jail, but never for very long because most of those offenses involved either drug possession or traffic violations.

Mr. Elmore owed more than $5,000 in fines on his felony drug convictions and thousands more from his misdemeanor cases.

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ELMORE'S YEARS OF TROUBLE WITH THE LAW

Justin L. Elmore's criminal history from age 17 to 23:

NOV. 26, 2002: Arrest on misdemeanor obstruction charge for running from officer

DEC. 3, 2002: Charged with giving a false name

JUNE 25, 2003: Charged with obstruction for running from drug agent

OCT. 22, 2003: Charged with possession of marijuana, obstruction and giving a false name after struggling with a deputy while trying to hide a marijuana cigarette in his mouth

DEC. 29, 2003: Charged with theft by receiving, speeding, driving without a license and disorderly conduct after being stopped for speeding; theft charge dismissed in 2004

SEPT. 3, 2004: Charged with speeding and driving without a license

JAN. 27, 2005: Charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and violating open container law; he was passenger in car stopped for speeding

DEC. 19, 2005: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to resell and theft by receiving a stolen 9 mm handgun

APRIL 27, 2006: Traffic stop for improper windshield tint and driving without a license

JUNE 30, 2006: Arrested for driving without a valid license, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of Ecstasy

AUG. 4, 2006: Arrested for possession of cocaine; released on bond

SEPT. 5, 2006: Bench warrant issued for his arrest after he doesn't appear for arraignment

OCT. 4, 2006: Pleads guilty to three pending felony cases. Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentences him to five years' probation under the First Offender Act and sets fine and surcharges at $5,550

JUNE 28, 2007: Probation officer files revocation petition because Mr. Elmore had not reported since January or paid on his fines and fees

AUG. 8, 2007: Arrested for speeding and driving without a license

AUG. 15, 2007: Judge signs order to release Mr. Elmore from jail; payment on his fine is made and he is returned to probation

SEPT. 11, 2007: Charged with driving without a license

OCT. 19, 2007: Probation officer files petition asking judge to revoke the First Offender sentence because of arrest on traffic offenses and because he didn't report to probation, do community service or stay employed

NOV. 11, 2007: Judge returns him to probation, increasing the supervision to "intensive" probation

JAN. 29, 2008: Charged with seat belt violation and driving without a license

MARCH 26, 2008: Driving movement violation, failure to stop after an accident, driving without insurance and without a driver's license

APRIL 21, 2008: Traffic ticket because of speedometer not working

AUG. 24, 2008: Arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to resell and misdemeanor offenses of possession of marijuana and obstruction

AUG. 27, 2008: Judge signs order releasing him from jail; probation officer concurs.

OCT. 29, 2008: Judge Overstreet revokes First Offender status. No hearing date is set to determine whether the probation sentence should be changed to a prison sentence.

Source: Richmond County state and superior court records

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/05/09 - 04:19 pm
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If I were on the grand jury

If I were on the grand jury I’d ask if it was a side shot that killed Elmore as he drove by. I’d also ask about the deputy in another case who fired 5 shots into the car at the 20 year old driver with two innocent passengers who had disrespected his mother. What I’m getting at is we should contrast the Columbia Cty and Richmond Cty policies. Col. Cty policy instructs the officer not to place himself in a position where a car would be a threat. Plus, it says never fire into a moving vehicle. Richmond Cty apparently takes a different view. Putting a bullet in someone over something is a big step in my mind.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 05/05/09 - 04:30 pm
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Riverman, it stated in

Riverman, it stated in several articles that Elmore drove AT the deputy, which is a threat. This man should have been behind bars in the first place. He knew he was fixing to go away for a long time and made his choice. If he hadn't tried to run he'd still be alive. They did their job!! I have met cops who think they are God but in this case, good job by the RCSD, they did their job!!

mosovich
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mosovich 05/05/09 - 04:47 pm
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Why is this even in the

Why is this even in the paper.. This is old news that we just keep bringing up again and again.. If we were to REALLY crack down on our criminals in this country, we wouldn't be reading this.. We should export our criminals to the highest bidder. If you knew you were going to jail in Mexico, would you commit a crime? Probably not...

Margot
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Margot 05/05/09 - 05:02 pm
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It's all bs. Another young

It's all bs. Another young life snuffed out .. for what?

What capital crime did he commit?

mad_max
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mad_max 05/05/09 - 05:19 pm
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Sounds to me like we should

Sounds to me like we should give the deputy a medal and put the "judge(s)" in jail. The "judge(s)" are who got his kid killed by not doing their job for the past 6 years. Do judges get a kickback from the probation contractor? I guess it is okay with our current crop of judges to commit a crime about every 2 months for 6 years as long as you pay your fine and the probation contractor. No fear of every actually going to jail with the clowns we have in the courts. They only get upset with you when you don't give them the money. THEN they want to put you in jail. What we need is a tent city jail like old Arpaio has in AZ about the size of Bush field. Lock these little heathens up first time, every time and work them all day, every day while feeding them green baloney and stale bread three times a day. Then we won't need no stinking probation contractor. I guarantee it.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 05/05/09 - 05:31 pm
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Attempted murder of a police

Attempted murder of a police officer, TerryJr, by driving a motor vehicle towards a Police Officer in a threatening manner. 25 entries on his criminal record from age 17 to 23, and you say "Another young life snuffed out..for what?" Elmore was a career criminal thug who signed his own death certificate by aiming the motor vehicle at the officer, and got what he richly deserved, and Augusta-Richmond County is a better place and a safer place without him. Give the officers involved in the shoot a raise in pay and rank, and a commendation for a job well done. END OF STORY

jajo1012
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jajo1012 05/05/09 - 05:48 pm
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WHY was this guy not in jail?

WHY was this guy not in jail?

me too
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me too 05/05/09 - 05:53 pm
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His arrest history is

His arrest history is irrelevant now, isn't it? Why does the Chronicle feel the need to print it now?

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 05/05/09 - 05:56 pm
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Maybe so people will finally

Maybe so people will finally shut up about what a fine, upstanding person this criminal was. Way to goRCSD and way to go to AC for putting the truth out there...no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/05/09 - 06:41 pm
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Well let it go the man did

Well let it go the man did have a Mom and family.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/05/09 - 07:55 pm
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Too bad this country doesn't

Too bad this country doesn't publicly stone or hang drug dealers. This would've save the police a lot of time and money in this investigation along with the money they wasted on bullets.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/05/09 - 07:56 pm
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Like I said on the video

Like I said on the video thread; this is the life he and his kind glorify. He got the death a street thug is destined for.

tiredparent
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tiredparent 05/05/09 - 08:46 pm
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I told yall months ago, the

I told yall months ago, the cover up was coming. This was just a trial run for the Housing Squad. The S Squad already gets away with beating black kids on the on a regular bases. So the H squad took it up a knoch. Run [filtered word], [filtered word] run take the hint and hell out of town before your next. I seen what they do it's not cute at all. Cory Johnson needs to be voted out in the next election. But don't worry niggas they'll through yall block party invite some rappers to proform and you'll forget all about it. Till the next time...... Hey look on the bright side, you'll get another. The Grand Jury must have had their Beergoogal on. But hey you'll forget all about this cause thats what niggas do.

KSL
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KSL 05/05/09 - 09:07 pm
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Maybe Elmore was prevented

Maybe Elmore was prevented from committing a capital offense. He easily could have killed a deputy. He demonstrated that he had the attitude of an incorrigible, and his last act was an escalation in criminal behavior. Today someone commented on another thread without knowing the history of the case. Maybe that's why the AC needed to revisit it. Sorry he was your friend and you object to his past being revisited. Quote: The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/05/09 - 10:35 pm
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Great job Richmond County

Great job Richmond County Sheriffs Department Dupities. Elmores shooting should send a strong message to world be criminals that Richmond County will not put up with wrong doing trash. We need more "good killings"

puddeecat
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puddeecat 05/05/09 - 10:48 pm
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Woo Hoo! One more thug off

Woo Hoo! One more thug off the streets!

AugustaGal
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AugustaGal 05/05/09 - 11:12 pm
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Many of us want to clean up

Many of us want to clean up the area around here and we need help getting all of these drug dealers gone. Most of the cops around here do good to help us but if they arrest them they are back the next day so everyone gets scared to every say anything or do anything cause they will beet you up or hurt your kids and all. These guys killing our kids with drugs should not be allowed to be over here ever but managers scared to do anything about it and no one ever helps the police even all of the black police we now have they see them as the bad guys instead of the gun toating drug dealers. It is so dumb.

tiredparent
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tiredparent 05/05/09 - 11:26 pm
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Glad to see all of you

Glad to see all of you Christains value life.

tiredparent
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tiredparent 05/05/09 - 11:30 pm
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You are all the reasons I

You are all the reasons I stop believing as a child. i would like to thank you for reenforcing these feeling.THANK YOU good Christains of this city.

Margot
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Margot 05/05/09 - 11:44 pm
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There were at least 3 (THREE)

There were at least 3 (THREE) cruisers.

carrera gt
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carrera gt 05/05/09 - 11:45 pm
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Only one person knows if he

Only one person knows if he was going to run over an officer and only two officers know if they felt threatened. The rest of us are running our mouths w/o knowledge of either.

rachel
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rachel 05/06/09 - 06:22 am
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im glad this came with no

im glad this came with no bill of indictment, im tired of officers getting killed because they are too scared to defend themselves, they are worried about losing their job or going to jail for the rest of their life. (if you dont believe me go search for the kyle dinkheller video) im happy it turned out the way it did, they were 100% justified to return elmore's actions with deadly force (OCGA 16-3-21)

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/06/09 - 08:44 am
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as a black man i am glad the

as a black man i am glad the deputies powder was dry and their aim was true. someone tell please tell me given is LONG ARREST RECORD what if any redeeming qualities mr. elmore had???? was it supplying the area with crack???? i don;t get it, he was a sorry good for nothing waste of a human being who tried to run over a deputy just doing his JOB(something mr. elmore never had, or thought about getting). mr elmore died as he lived he wanted to be a thug, granted i don't know everything but this much is public knowledge, he was a criminal drug dealer selling or at one point sold CRACK AND OTHER ILLEGAL DRUGS DO OTHER who chances are had to commit crimes against innocent people to support their habit. was he working to take care of his kids??? no, his baby's momma LIVES IN THE PROJECTS!!!!!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/06/09 - 02:49 pm
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Color has nothing to do with

Color has nothing to do with this case. Elmore's criminal behavior was the problem...not his color! Those project people who support Elmore are not fit to live among decent people: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=0h&oq=american&ie=UTF...

TheShep
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TheShep 05/06/09 - 03:06 pm
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Sounds like an upstanding

Sounds like an upstanding citizen. He should have been in jail. If the judges would have grown some b@!!s this wouldn't have happened.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/06/09 - 05:07 pm
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If someone tried to run you

If someone tried to run you down with their vehicle what would you do or want the police to do? I bet if you had a gun in your hand and someone tried to run you over, you would shoot at them too. Folks who think the police should be prosecuted have no respect for the law. Elmore's vehicle was used as a deadly weapon and the police responded in kind. Elmore's troubles were his own doing. He made the choices to live his life as he did and to die as he did. He was nothing more than a common criminal who thought the laws did not pertain to him. Sad to state, but true.

justus5
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justus5 05/06/09 - 06:59 pm
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This guy was a pathetic

This guy was a pathetic lowlife. Society is better off without him.

bettyj
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bettyj 05/06/09 - 07:48 pm
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Tired parent, you say you

Tired parent, you say you stopped believing as a child, so that means you think the officers are not innocent and that it is ok for these stupid drug dealers to sell crack cocaine and any other drug they can, which means it is ok for them to possibly kill your child who could get hung up on it. Come on, be smart! Think of your child, if you have one. This guy was so sorry, he could not or would not get a job to support his own kid, yet he had money to buy all these big time drugs and double the price. I know quite a few dealers and "I" cuss them out every time I see one or come close to them. Yea, they even threaten their customers family if anything is said to them. I have 6 kids and at my age, I would die for them if a dealer came to my house to kill me, but I also have a letter telling the law who to go too.

tonyt15street
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tonyt15street 05/06/09 - 08:02 pm
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me too the chronicle and news

me too the chronicle and news 12 did a job on Mr. Elmore to poison minds of anyone that might be on the grand jury and now they are preparing to smear him because they know that the people are planning marches on downtown and they want to try and deter as many people as possible from marching for Due Process and Civil Rights. They also know that the family is probbaly about to file suit against someone. They want us to look at the person not the situation. These guys were out of control third world cops on the hunt. They first said the informant was his girlfriend and tonight I read it was a guy. Their stories are so inconsistent. The GBI fails to mention in their report that his truck already had a dent in the back of it. That was a bump not a ram. Ortiz ran in front of a moving vehicle to I guess block it in with his body. Mr. Elmore then cut hard left to go no the curve. He passed th officer and he was still shooting into a car that he said he could not see into,into a neighborhood with children outside playing. He should have stayed, but these guys were real cowboys looking for a stolen vehicle as they said before with guns and drugs in it. There was a lot mistakes made in this

tonyt15street
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tonyt15street 05/06/09 - 08:13 pm
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The media feeds off some of

The media feeds off some of these 1700 klan thinking people, you are no better than any minorities. You all better get ready christ is coming back real soon. This was smoke screens and trick mirrors, not a real investigation. This reminds me of wrestling. They all get in the ring as if they are going at each other and put on a good show. Then they go do lunch. This is a joke as is our Fence Riding Black Leaders. They told the people to sit down let it take its course, knowing all well what the outcome would be. Now they come and try to stop a peaceful march on downtown.

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