published Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

GA man sentenced in armed carjacking

ROME, Ga. — Federal prosecutors say a northwestern Georgia man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in an armed carjacking.

Authorities say 31-year-old Rodney Scott Blankenship has been sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison for carjacking a woman and her boyfriend at gunpoint Aug. 31, 2012.

Prosecutors say Blankenship pointed his gun at the victim's boyfriend and pulled the trigger twice. Officials say Blankenship's gun failed to discharge.

Authorities say Blankenship fled in the woman's car, led police on a pursuit and rammed a Cedartown Police patrol car during his attempted escape. Blankenship later crashed the car and was arrested after trying to run from officers on foot.

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