PERRY -- A man who was shot by a Houston County sheriffs deputy in May after ramming two law enforcement vehicles has been sentenced to seven years in prison for felony obstruction.
Daniel Boghosian, 28, of Warner Robins, was sentenced Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden. He was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty to two counts of felony obstruction of an officer. The sentence also includes three years of probation upon release from prison.
Boghosian was originally charged by the GBI with two counts of aggravated assault.
We reviewed everything and felt that felony obstruction matched the facts better, said Assistant District Attorney Clif Woody, who prosecuted the case.
The GBI investigated the incident at the request of the Houston County Sheriffs Office per standard operating procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The use of force by Houston County sheriffs Deputy Dean Holtzhouser was subsequently reviewed by the district attorneys office and was ruled justifiable, Woody said.
On May 17, an intoxicated Boghosian led sheriffs deputies on a 20-minute pursuit at a speed of about 70 miles per hour before he was stopped on Moody Road near Lake Placid Drive, authorities said.
During the chase, Boghosian was weaving, crossing the yellow center line and running other vehicles off the road, Woody said.
After deputies had stopped his vehicle, Boghosian started ramming his blue truck into two Houston County sheriffs vehicles as the law enforcement officers were exiting their cars, according to the GBI.
Holtzhouser fired three rounds at Boghosian, two of which struck him, the GBI said.
The chase started at 2:12 p.m. after a Houston County deputy attempted to stop Boghosians truck for a traffic violation on Ga. 96 near Bonaire Elementary School.
Michael Rivera, an assistant public defender who represented Boghosian, could not be reached immediately for comment.
To contact Becky Purser, call 256-9559.