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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Henrico County Man Sentenced to 37 Years for Gun and Drug Crimes

RICHMOND, Va. – Nelson Watts Broadie, Jr., 21, of Henrico County, was sentenced today to 447 months in prison for six separate offenses, including, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon, possession and distribution of crack cocaine, and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Broadie, Jr., was found guilty by a federal jury on Dec. 3, 2015. According to court documents, on June 27, 2015, Broadie participated in an armed robbery of a person at his home and discharged his 9mm firearm during that robbery attempt.  Evidence presented also confirmed that between July 15 and July 24, 2015, Broadie possessed the same loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol.  On July 15, 20, and 21, 2015, Broadie sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant while under surveillance, and during the July 20, and 21, 2015 sales, Broadie sold the crack cocaine to the confidential informant while under surveillance, and while unlawfully possessing and brandishing the same firearm identified above, in order to intimidate that drug customer.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; and Douglas A. Middleton, Chief of Police for the Henrico County Police Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. 

This case was investigated by officers and detectives with the Henrico County Police Division in conjunction with the FBI’s Central Virginia Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney S. David Schiller prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:15-cr-137.

Violent Crime
Updated March 9, 2016