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Man sentenced in downtown gun incident

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Colin Kinch Broome, 22, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 24 months probation after the charges in a January incident were modified from aggravated assault to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and using a weapon while committing a felony.

On January 30, 2022, two women told a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer that they were parked on the street near 12 S. Main Street at about 2 a.m. when they saw Broome and another man “being loud.” They reportedly said Broome was waving cash at a crowd that had formed around him, then he dropped some of the money, and while picking it up, he got upset at one of the women and accused her of taking some of the money. The women said Broome then pointed a gun at them, making them afraid for their lives, so they drove away.

The officer reported that Broome could be heard racking the slide and pulling the trigger of the gun on surveillance video and audio while pointing the gun at the car as it drove away.

GPD put out a bulletin on social media and received an anonymous call, identifying the man as Broome. He was arrested on February 15, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and released on $70,000 bond.

The aggravated assault charges were formally filed in March, but the charges were amended in August to one count of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and one count of using a weapon during a felony. Broome entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charges in August and was sentenced to 90 days in jail without work release and 24 months of probation, with adjudication of guilt withheld. Broome reported to the jail yesterday to begin serving his sentence.

Arielle Claude Screws is listed as the State Attorney on the case, and Judge David Kreider signed the plea agreement.

    • Yeaaaaah 😆 I was thinking the same thing 🤔 bro.. I don’t see all the racist 🤷🏿 on here screaming injustices.. what a joke.. this the difference between having money 💰 and committing crimes and being broke AsF and committing crimes..

      • I’m glad he’s in jail Geezie for his stupidity and hope he’s learned his lesson and never does it again. I don’t care what color he is. Let’s see if he can make it 24mos without violating his probation.

      • Maybe he just got off work and was counting his tip money instead of wrapping up a night of dealing drugs, breaking into vehicles, and mugging people. The judge might take that into account.

  • Was the cash he carried legally produced? If so, and he’s a ham idiot showing off downtown, then the sentence is appropriate. But if it was illicitly gained cash, then he should be charged for that, too.

    • Yes if any other race than white he would be out free and clear. If you don’t think so go back and check the pleas and sentencing for the last year alone in Alachua Co.

  • He got off easy for a white boy. I’m a cracker and my second d.u.i. got me a year in state prison. I don’t think it’s about race, I think it’s about a democratic county and the mood of people doing your paperwork and making decisions about our lives. Sometimes it’s fair, other times it’s not. I did the cried and was accountable for my actions and deserved what I had coming to me.

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