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Branscome pleads guilty

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A man who was the subject of a lengthy manhunt after shooting a Virginia state trooper last spring, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
Steven Dale Branscome, 33, of Floyd County, will serve five years in prison as a result of his pleas, according to Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Ash.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, Branscome also pleaded guilty to two counts of petit larceny.
He was sentenced to three to 15 years on the attempted murder charge and one year on each larceny conviction.
Branscome already was wanted in several jurisdictions, including Pulaski County, when he fled from police at a home in the Glen Lyn section of Giles County March 28.
Police said Branscome tried to strike two police cars with the car he was driving in Giles County, then sped off.
Troopers gave chase and the pursuit crossed into West Virginia, where Branscome jumped out of the car, ran into the woods and shot at Trooper R.W. Hughes.
State Police said Hughes, who is based out of the Dublin State Police office, was shot in the neck during a foot chase with Branscome. Hughes was not seriously injured.
Branscome eluded police for nine days before being captured April 6 in New Boston, Texas.
The larceny charges stemmed from burglary and automobile thefts in West Virginia.

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Branscome pleads guilty

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A man who was the subject of a lengthy manhunt after shooting a Virginia state trooper last spring, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
Steven Dale Branscome, 33, of Floyd County, will serve five years in prison as a result of his pleas, according to Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Ash.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, Branscome also pleaded guilty to two counts of petit larceny.
He was sentenced to three to 15 years on the attempted murder charge and one year on each larceny conviction.
Branscome already was wanted in several jurisdictions, including Pulaski County, when he fled from police at a home in the Glen Lyn section of Giles County March 28.
Police said Branscome tried to strike two police cars with the car he was driving in Giles County, then sped off.
Troopers gave chase and the pursuit crossed into West Virginia, where Branscome jumped out of the car, ran into the woods and shot at Trooper R.W. Hughes.
State Police said Hughes, who is based out of the Dublin State Police office, was shot in the neck during a foot chase with Branscome. Hughes was not seriously injured.
Branscome eluded police for nine days before being captured April 6 in New Boston, Texas.
The larceny charges stemmed from burglary and automobile thefts in West Virginia.

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