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Jonesboro man receives 45 years following burglary

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

A Jonesboro man has been sentenced to serve 45 years in a prison after being convicted on charges of burglary, aggravated assault, and felony obstruction of an officer.

Dennis Carlton Touchstone, Jr., 21, attempted to flee police and fired a gun at an officer, who was trying to arrest him, according to a Clayton County Police incident report.

Touchstone stole a flat screen television, a laptop computer, Nintendo Wii game system, and two blackberry cellular phones, from a Jonesboro home, according to the police report.

A co-defendant, Riverdale resident, Cornelius Aubrey Leftwich, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison, with one year to serve, for burglary, according to police. The remaining four years will be served on probation, police added.

According to Clayton County Police Public Information Officer, Sgt. Otis Willis, Touchstone's convictions, which occurred last Thursday, stemmed from an incident that took place, on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in the 600 block of Sedgewick Drive, in Jonesboro.

The police report states that the two suspects pulled in front of the home in a green 1999 Dodge Stratus, went to the front door and knocked for approximately five minutes.

The two were seen kicking in the front door and entering the house, the incident report said.

"One of the males then backed the car to the garage side of the house," the report said. "The [witness] advised that he saw the subjects come around to the car several times before they both got back in the car, and sped off towards Brown Road," the incident report continued.

Police arrived on the scene and discovered that the back door of the house was open, and no one was inside, the report said.

Meanwhile, other Clayton County police officers "initiated a traffic stop on a green Dodge Stratus, at the Shell station on Thomas Road, and Flint River Road," the report said.

Cornelius Leftwich was arrested during the traffic stop, the incident report states.

"...[Touchstone] ran from the passenger side, and was chased [an officer] into the wood line."

"Once entering the wood line, Touchstone fired a shot at [a responding officer]. According to Willis, the officer was not injured during the incident.