Bronson man wanted in shooting turns self in

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Victim still hospitalized in critical condition

By The Staff


                  A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

Aaron Sysvester “Doughboy” Hope, of Boundary Street, Bronson, was arrested on warrants for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. His bond is $800,000. Earlier in the week officers recovered the automobile he used to flee the scene of the shooting.A warrant was issued for Hope after deputies responded on Saturday, April 25  to a 911 call and found the shooting victim, Cosmo James on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound, behind the post office.

Three witnesses to the shooting told deputies “Doughboy” shot the victim and then attempted to shoot them by firing multiple times before leaving, traveling south on U.S. Highway Alt. 27 from Bronson, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Morgan identified the suspect as Hope and the sheriff’s office report said Hope should be considered armed and dangerous.

The victim was airlifted to a hospital and is listed in very critical condition. The suspect is wanted for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.

Hope has several other aliases, including Aaron Sylvester Hope Sr., Andre Boykin, Greg Parker, and Bobby Brudayd, according to the state Department of Corrections website.

His prior convictions and sentences include: 

Two counts of sale of cocaine in Hillsborough County, sentenced in 2002 to three years in prison, and

One count of robbery and one count of aggravated batters with a deadly weapon in Alachue County, sentenced to six years, nine months and 14 days in 2003.

He was released from prison in 2006.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hope is asked to call the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. A reward is being offered for Hope’s arrest.