A Springfield man was sentenced to 30 years in the Department of Corrections Friday for the 2015 murder of Louis Tuttle.
Larry Broomfield had been found guilty by a Sangamon County jury of first-degree murder on Sept. 20, 2019.
That jury acquitted Broomfield of a second count of felony first-degree murder and a count of armed robbery. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office dismissed another count of armed robbery prior to the jury’s recessing.
Broomfield was 16 years old at the time of the shooting of Tuttle, a former Lanphier High School football player who served in the U.S. Army. Broomfield was tried as an adult.
Friday’s sentence was handed down by Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia.
Broomfield was present in the courtroom with his attorneys, James Elmore and Mark Wykoff.
Broomfield was given credit for 1,968 days served awaiting trial.
The state was seeking a sentencing range of 35 to 38 years. The defense asked for 20 years.
The evidence put on by assistant state’s attorneys Steve Perbix and Brian Shaw showed that Broomfield shot Tuttle four times in a Ford Taurus on the city’s east side the evening of Jan. 26, 2015.
Lonelle Bates, a co-defendant of Broomfield’s who testified against him and will be tried separately later, was in the car along with Cortez Broomfield, Larry Broomfield’s brother.
Cortez Broomfield was out of state and didn’t testify in the weeklong case.
Larry Broomfield and Tuttle met up earlier that day. The prosecution also showed that they were at a party together, along with Bates and some other people, in the 1900 block of East Edwards.
The shooting of Tuttle was over a small amount of the drug ecstasy, though authorities were unable to locate the drugs, resulting in the acquittal of Broomfield on the armed robbery charge.
Larry Broomfield and his brother ended up at HSHS St. John’s Hospital the evening of Jan. 26 with wounds from the shooting. Larry Broomfield had told Springfield police and an attending physician that the wound was the result of argument arising from a game of dice.
Tuttle, who was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and was “administratively discharged” from the Army in April 2014, received several medals and badges for his service.
Bates’ trial is scheduled for Aug. 3. Bates is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and concealment of a homicidal death.
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