20-Year-Old Prison Releasee Gets 15 Year Maximum for Attempted Robbery of FSU Student

By: Christopher,Chatman Email
By: Christopher,Chatman Email

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.


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  • by Own your own faults. on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:22 PM
    Tyty, how is it ok for you to call someone (who speaks against a black career criminal) an idiot, but it is not ok them to call the black career crimnal anything other than Mr.?
  • by black woman sick of young black men being idiots and going to prison on Feb 2, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    What an idiot!! What happened to going to school and getting a job, and being a productive member of society? I'm so sick of these young men acting as if they don't have any choices but to be thugs or drug addicts. Life is hard for EVERYBODY! You have your good days and bad days but you keep going and you keep trying. You don't try to be a better criminal and in this instance we just have a dumber criminal. Grow up! Go to school! Get a job! There is nothing cool about spending the majority of your life in prison.
  • by tyty on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    he was wrong but he does deserve that title no matter what wonders or whoever or whatever you call yourself you dumb bagg...it's call common courtesy which most nice, smart, and caring folk use idiot
  • by Lee Location: Tally on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    @ modofen43, thank you for the best laugh of my day!! Amazing how quickly redemption bathes someone with criminal thoughts when they see an armed prospect!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    I wonder what happened to 'hard labor’ these prisoners are now coddled in an air-conditioned/heated cell with TV and meals supplied to them, and better health care than most law abiding citizens, libs have got to be stopped!
  • by dog Location: gone on Feb 2, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Finally a Leon Co. Judge that Knows how to stop crime. Good job Judge Flury.
  • by Wonders Location: tally on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Wondering why the reporter keeps refering to this felon as Mr. Chatman. I believe it is Inmate Chatman now. Someone who victimizes people for a living does not deserve the title of Mr.
  • by modofen43 Location: ga on Feb 2, 2011 at 01:31 AM
    AMEN,man,i have mowing business and have been approached by [i suspect,a would be robber ],,but when i pull my coat back ,this young man almost fall down backing away from me...all he could say was man why u got such a BIG GUN..i told him it was ,,haha,,only a 45 cal. ,,,loaded with hollow points,,,i ASK IF HE HAD EVER SAW WHAT THIS COMBINATION WOULD DO to a piece of meat ,,,and this young black man almost turn white ...i am not into violence ,but what i have is MINE and u will not take it from me ....i believe this man saw the light that day ,,and will ,hopefully lead a better life than the one he was on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by 10-20-Life For Thugs on Feb 1, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    I wish a thug like this would try to rob me because he or she would get the surprise of a life time! I carry a .410 buck shot revolver, which will finish off any criminal that would try me! I love this state and the free gun laws that support law abiding citizens! I don't encourage deadly violence against anyone, but if my life is endangered, you better believe that I am going to act upon Florida law under the Castle Doctrine and the right to stand your ground, if threatened with bodily harm! 10-20-life is what we have and these thugs will get the max, when they use firearms in criminal activities!
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