Tallahassee, FL - Tuesday afternoon (2-1) Leon County Judge Ronald Flury sentenced 20-year-old Christopher Chatman to the maximum of 15 years in prison on the charge of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Mr. Chatman had been found guilty as charged after a jury trial back on January 10, 2011.
At sentencing, Mr. Chatman qualified as a Prison Releasee Reoffender, despite his relatively young age, since he was released from prison for another robbery out of Hillsborough County within three years of these offenses here. Mr. Chatman received the 15 years as a mandatory minimum sentence, meaning he must serve every calendar day of those 15 years.
Mr. Chatman was charged with attempting to rob an FSU student of his laptop here in Tallahassee at Call Street and Macomb at around noon on March 24, 2010. Mr. Chatman exited the passenger’s seat of a car, produced a large silver revolver and demanded the student’s laptop. The student was shocked he was being robbed in broad daylight and asked if he would really be killed over a laptop. Mr. Chatman struck the student in the head with the pistol, again demanded the laptop and the student again refused. Mr. Chatman then jumped back in the car and left the scene with nothing. The student was able to get the license plate of the car and police were able to track this attempted robbery to Mr. Chatman once they located the owner of the car. Clothing matching what was worn by the robber was found in Mr. Chatman’s residence. When Mr. Chatman tried to tell police the clothing was worn by the robber who was not him, the police tested the clothing and DNA from the clothing matched Mr. Chatman.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Mike Bauer.