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Fed Sentence of 10 Years for Polk Man

Sep 28, 2012 -- 12:10pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

The United States Justice Department on Thursday announced the sentence for a Cedartown man convicted of firing a pistol at police officers during a high speed chase in June of 2010.

Johnnie Turner, age 26, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison on Thursday by Judge Robert L. Vining in a federal court in Rome. After his prison term expires, Turner must also serve three years under supervised release.

Turner pled guilty to felony weapons charges in September of 2011. He was previously convicted of committing several other felony crimes as a result of the incident, including burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

On June 22nd 2010, Turner led police on a high speed chase through Polk, Floyd and Bartow counties, hitting more than 100 miles per hour before being captured in Cartersville. Turner admitted he had fired a .357-caliber-handgun at the cops who tailed him for an hour. He also drove the car into oncoming traffic during the chase. Both U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the federal case.

Turner was already a convicted felon when the June 2010 chase occurred.

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