WALTERBORO, S.C. -- One of two suspects who fired at deputiesduring a 2011 high-speed chase was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday.
At the conclusion of a two-day trial, jurors convicted 31-year-oldBronson Shelley of one count of attempted murder and possession of a weaponduring commission of a violent crime stemming from the car chase throughDorchester and Colleton Counties on the night of July 12, 2011.
Dorchester County sheriff's deputiesattempted to pull over a stolen Acura sedan on southbound Interstate 95 nearmile marker 73 for several moving violations. Instead of stopping, the driverof the car sped up, leading deputies on a chase at speeds in excess of 100miles per hour.
The Acura exited the interstate onto S.C. 61 in Colleton County and continued to travel athigh-speeds, nearly colliding with other vehicles. During the chase, one of thetwo men began firing shots out of the car's sunroof. The lead deputy in thechase then rammed the car, causing it to leave the roadway. Both suspects raninto a wooded area, while still firing shots at the officers. They wereapprehended with the help of a police dog a short-time later.
In all, officers from seven area law enforcement agenciesparticipated in the chase and apprehension. One officer sustained a hand injuryduring the pursuit, but none were struck by bullets.
"When you shoot approximately 10 times, you have theintention of killing somebody," said assistant solicitor Steve Knight, whoprosecuted the case. "In this case, that somebody was a police officer,which is the worst thing I can possibly imagine."
Shelley, who was apparently homeless at the time, is wantedin Las Vegasfor pandering a child, pandering, child endangerment, living from the earningsof a prostitute and furnishing transportation to a prostitute.
The charges against the second suspect, Mario DoetrelRivers, 35, of Charleston,are pending.