Jerome Broaster to be tried on gun-possession charges

Posted: July 28, 2004

Jerome Broaster and his brother have been called "the worst people in the city as far as violence is concerned" by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson.

Yesterday, Broaster was ordered held for trial on weapons and probation-violation charges, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said.

Broaster, 30, of Germantown, was arrested July 6 after a car in which he was riding was stopped and police saw him try to hide a .38-caliber handgun between the seats, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Robinson said.

Broaster, who is being held in custody pending an Aug. 17 arraignment, had been free on probation on a drug conviction two years ago and a weapons-violation conviction last August.

Earlier this month, Cassius Broaster, 29, pleaded guilty to weapons-possession charges similar to those now faced by his brother. Cassius Broaster is awaiting sentencing.

Two years ago, the brothers were acquitted of a triple murder that occurred at a North Philadelphia bar.

Investigators suspect Jerome and Cassius Broaster are major players in the drug trade and say Cassius Broaster is a suspect in the drug-related shoot-out in February that killed 10-year-old Faheem Thomas-Childs outside T.M. Peirce Elementary School in North Philadelphia.

At a preliminary hearing yesterday before Municipal Court Judge Linda Anderson, Jerome Broaster was ordered held for trial on charges of being a former convict caught carrying a gun, of carrying a firearm without a license, and of carrying a concealed firearm.

If convicted on all charges, Broaster faces a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.

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