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Cedartown man gets 17 years in 2012 carjacking

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A Cedartown man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for a 2012 carjacking.

According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Rodney Scott Blankenship, 31, took a Cedartown woman's car at gunpoint on the evening of Aug. 31, 2012.

During the course of the carjacking, he twice pointed his gun at the woman's boyfriend and pulled the trigger. Both times, the gun failed to discharge.

The woman's boyfriend called 911, and when police arrived, Blankenship fled in the woman's car, ramming a Cedartown patrol car in the process.

Blankenship then led police on a high-speed chase until he crashed the vehicle. After crashing the vehicle he attempted to flee police on foot, but was apprehended.

"This defendant showed no regard for who he might have injured or killed during his crime spree," said Yates. "The violent carjacking and police chase started in northwest Georgia, and the significant sentence appropriately reflects the serious danger he caused to both citizens and police."

Blankenship was sentenced to serve 17 years, four months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

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