Warner Robins man shot after ramming sheriff’s vehicles pleads guilty

bpurser@macon.comSeptember 26, 2013 

Daniel Boghosian

PERRY -- A man who was shot by a Houston County sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Office per standard operating procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The use of force by Houston County sheriff’s Deputy Dean Holtzhouser was subsequently reviewed by the district attorney’s office and was ruled justifiable, Woody said.

On May 17, an intoxicated Boghosian led sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s 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 Boghosian’s 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.

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