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Man gets 17 years for violent carjacking that ended with high-speed chase

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A Cedartown man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for carjacking a woman at gunpoint and attempting to shoot her boyfriend.

Rodney Scott Blankenship, 31, pleaded guilty on Dec. 6 to his involvement in the violent carjacking that ended with a high-speed chase, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“This Defendant showed no regard for who he might have injured or killed during his crime spree,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “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.”

Federal prosecutors said Blankenship took the Cedartown woman's car at gunpoint on the evening of August 31, 2012.

During the course of the carjacking, he twice pointed his gun at the woman's boyfriend and pulled the trigger, officials said. On both occasions, the gun failed to discharge, they said.

The woman's boyfriend called 911, and officers arrived on the scene Blankenship fled in the woman's car, ramming a Cedartown patrol car in the process, prosecutors said. Blankenship then led police on a high speed chase until he crashed the vehicle and then attempted to run. But he was apprehended.

After serving 17 years and four months in prison, Blankenship will be placed on three years of supervised released, officials said.