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Chase case results in long prison sentence

Another serious criminal is behind bars, thanks to the work of the Fayette County District Attorney’s office.
According to a press release from the district attorney, late in August, Rodriguez Kemp entered a guilty plea to the following felony offenses: Aggravated Assault against a Law Enforcement Officer, Use of a Sawed-off Shotgun during the Commission of a Crime, and Fleeing and Attempting to Elude. For these crimes, Chief Judge Christopher C. Edwards sentenced the defendant to 35 years with the first 21 years to be served in prison without parole.
The crimes occurred on December 21, 2018 when Kemp led officers on a dangerous multi-county, high-speed, car chase on Georgia Highway 85, which ended in Fayette County. Kemp fired a sawed-off shotgun at Fayette County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cody Benslay when the chase concluded.
District Attorney Ben Coker represented the state. Lt. Benslay and other members of law enforcement were present in court for the plea.
District Attorney Coker said of the plea, “First and foremost, I am very thankful that no members of law enforcement were seriously injured as the result of Rodriguez Kemp’s actions on December 21, 2018. Law enforcement officers suit up for duty every day to protect us, and this case is an example of the very real danger they face. I cannot thank them enough for what they do. Let this sentence send a message to those who assault a law enforcement officer in my circuit. Violence against law enforcement will not be tolerated, and the punishment for said acts will be severe.”

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