Henrico County man gets more than 37 years for gun and drug crimes

Nelson Watts Broadie, Jr.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Henrico man was sentenced Wednesday to 447 months behind bars for gun and drug crimes.

21-year-old Nelson Watts Broadie, Jr. will spend over 37 years in prison for charges 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, Broadie had a role in an armed robbery of an individual at his home on June 27, 2015. Broadie discharged his 9mm firearm during the 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 of 2015, Broadie sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant while under surveillance. During the July 20, and 21, 2015 sales, Broadie was also unlawfully possessing and brandishing the same firearm as identified above in order to intimidate that drug customer.

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.

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