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May 20, 2014
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
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(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a
Columbus man today was sentenced to 35 years in prison for attempted murder of two
Phenix City police officers and menacing of two other law enforcement officers. Robert
Lorenzo Anderson, 24, was found guilty by a jury on April 23 following a two-day trial
in Russell County Circuit Court. Anderson was sentenced to 35 years for each of the
two counts of attempted murder and six months for each of the two counts of
menacing, with these sentences to run concurrently.

The crimes occurred on the afternoon of July 25 when Phenix City police officers
Ryan Anglin and Kilpatrick Thomas, among others, responded to a 911 call reporting
gunfire at the Riverview Apartments. Police received a subsequent call telling where the
suspect was in the building, and while searching that apartment, officers encountered a
man fitting the suspect’s description who jumped out of a second-floor window and

As officers Anglin and Thomas pursued, Anderson pointed a pistol at them and
fired. This shooting was witnessed by at least one resident of the apartments. After
Officer Thomas called the shooting over the police radio, additional law enforcement
officers arrived at the scene to help. One of these was Ray Rogers, a Phenix City
building inspector who also is a sworn law enforcement officer. Rogers testified that as
he rounded the corner of one of the apartment buildings, Anderson shot at him. Shortly
thereafter, Investigator Thomas Franklin of the Russell County District Attorney’s
Office, who was in his vehicle, saw Anderson running across a street. Anderson pointed
his pistol at the investigator’s vehicle as if to shoot, but ran away when Franklin fired at
him. Investigator Franklin pulled his vehicle alongside Anderson, who again pointed
his gun at the vehicle. The investigator fired again, this time hitting Anderson in the leg,
and Anderson was then apprehended.

The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence at trial that
included testimony of the victims who Anderson fired upon as well as a civilian
eyewitness. Forensic evidence matched shell casings found on the scene to Anderson’s
gun. Additionally, as Anderson was receiving treatment in an ambulance on the crime
scene, he said “Give me a gun and I’d do it again.” He further stated to investigators
that he had been in the apartment to sell drugs and admitted to firing his gun, but
during interviews did not admit to shooting at the officers.
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“It is right and important that this man will serve many years in prison,” said
Attorney General Strange. “He conducted a terrible attack on the lives of law
enforcement officers who responded to a call for help and put their lives, literally, on
the line to protect residents of Riverview Apartments and the people of Phenix City.
Officers Anglin and Thomas, Mr. Rogers and Investigator Franklin, are truly heroes and
we are grateful that they were not killed. This sentence should serve as a warning that
Alabama will not tolerate threats and assaults on our law enforcement officers, and
those who do so will be held to account and face stern punishment.”

Attorney General Strange commended those involved in the prosecution of this
case, noting in particular Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingslea, division
chief; Assistant Attorney General John Hensley, and Paralegal Lori Arnold; all of the
Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division. He also thanked the Phenix City Police
Department, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, the Russell County District Attorney’s
Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Muscogee County (GA)
Sheriff’s Office.