First step taken in denying parole for man connected to murder

First step taken in denying parole for man connected to Oak Ridge murder

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Investigators say a drug deal went wrong in August 2011 between Brooms and 22-year-old Antonio Phillips. Police say Phillips was shot in the leg and died after crawling into the living room. Investigators say a drug deal went wrong in August 2011 between Brooms and 22-year-old Antonio Phillips. Police say Phillips was shot in the leg and died after crawling into the living room.
James Brooms was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit second degree murder. James Brooms was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit second degree murder.
"I feel like James didn't get a fair shake because everybody loved James," said Broom's stepfather, Clarence Mcleroy. "He's a people person. He basically pleaded because he wanted to get out." "I feel like James didn't get a fair shake because everybody loved James," said Broom's stepfather, Clarence Mcleroy. "He's a people person. He basically pleaded because he wanted to get out."
"I have a life sentence," said Amparo Atencio. "Tony was my only child. I will not be a grandmother. I will never again see his face on this Earth." "I have a life sentence," said Amparo Atencio. "Tony was my only child. I will not be a grandmother. I will never again see his face on this Earth."
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By LAURA HALM
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NASHVILLE (WATE) – One member of a state parole board voted to deny parole Thursday to a man convicted on charges related to a murder. Three concurring votes are needed to deny parole.

James Brooms was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit second degree murder.

Investigators say a drug deal went wrong in August 2011 between Brooms and 22-year-old Antonio Phillips. Police say Phillips was shot in the leg and died after crawling into the living room.

Brooms was one of several people charged in the case.

"I believe if you give me a chance I can prove to you that I'm not the person that these people are trying to make me out of," said Brooms before hearing a decision from the parole board.

One board member voted to deny his parole request, calling Brooms a high risk and citing the seriousness of the offense to which he pleaded guilty. Three concurring votes from the parole board are needed to deny or parole.

"I feel like James didn't get a fair shake because everybody loved James," said Broom's stepfather, Clarence Mcleroy. "He's a people person. He basically pleaded because he wanted to get out."

The victim's mother called the sentence lenient, compared to hers.

"I have a life sentence," said Amparo Atencio. "Tony was my only child. I will not be a grandmother. I will never again see his face on this Earth."

If parole is denied in this vote, Brooms will have another chance at parole in January 2017.

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