Rossville, Georgia, man gets 50-year prison sentence for shootout with Walker County deputy, sergeant

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Robert Eric Owenby speaks with his attorney Joshua Smith during his court hearing Monday, June 3, 2019 in Walker County Superior Court in LaFayette, Georgia. Owenby is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of obstruction of officers, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and other charges.

Robert Eric Owenby will go to prison for at least 50 years after a jury convicted him Wednesday of shooting at a Walker County, Georgia, deputy and sergeant.

Owenby was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of obstruction of officers, two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a crime, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, two counts of failure to use a correct signal and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The jury deliberated for about 30 minutes. Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. then sentenced him to 55 years, with a requirement to serve at least 50 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.

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