Ch­ester man guilty in at­tack on min­is­ter’s wife gets 35-year term

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY AN­DREW DYS adys@her­al­don­ An­drew Dys:803-329-3065, @An­drewDysHer­ald

A Ch­ester man was sen­tenced to 35 years in prison after a jury con­victed him of a gun­point rob­bery and kid­nap­ping of a preacher’s wife out­side a church Bi­ble study.

Jerrell Trovase Brock­man was con­victed by the jury after less than 40 min­utes of de­lib­er­a­tion de­spite say­ing on the wit­ness stand that he ran from po­lice be­cause he had $ 700 worth of crack co­caine on him at the time, 6th Cir­cuit Deputy So­lic­i­tor Candice Lively said.

Brock­man, 30, was con­victed of armed rob­bery, kid­nap­ping and as­sault in the at­tack on the wife of a min­is­ter out­side Ch­ester’s First Bap­tist Church in Novem­ber 2017, said 6th Cir­cuit So­lic­i­tor Randy New­man.

The woman’s purse had $19, the pros­e­cu­tors said.

“Ch­ester is a safer place with this de­fen­dant in prison,” said Lively, who was lead pros­e­cu­tor in the two-day trial. “This de­fen­dant was a men­ace to the pub­lic. The vic­tim in this case was truly heroic in fac­ing her at­tacker.”

The woman’s purse was stolen when Brock­man put a gun to her head, pros­e­cu­tors said. Brock­man then ran, and Ch­ester Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers chased him on foot, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Brock­man was caught about a mile away after a search by sev­eral lo­cal and state po­lice agen­cies us­ing a K-9 team that led di­rectly to him, Lively said.

Brock­man tes­ti­fied dur­ing the trial that he was else­where at the time of the crime and he ran from po­lice be­cause he had drugs, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Brock­man’s DNA was found on the woman’s purse, pros­e­cu­tors said in court.

Brock­man said his DNA was on the purse be­cause he stole it from the car of an­other per­son who owed him money, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Brock­man has past con­vic­tions for pos­ses­sion of co­caine and mar­i­juana, as­sault and bat­tery, crim­i­nal do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, weapons, re­ceiv­ing stolen goods and ob­tain­ing prop­erty un­der false pre­tense, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors and court records.

“This com­mu­nity is safer after this ver­dict by this Ch­ester County jury,” Lively said.

6th Cir­cuit Deputy Pub­lic De­fender Wil­liam Frick, Brock­man’s lawyer, said after the trial that Brock­man main­tains his in­no­cence and plans to ap­peal.

Jerrell Brock­man

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