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Update: Defendants sentenced to 20 or more years in double-carjacking trial

Update: During Wednesday morning's sentencing, Dearius Ransom was given 50 years to serve in prison . Joshua Dodson was given 25 years to serve.

This story will be updated.

Original story: After about a day and a half of deliberating, a jury Monday found one of two defendants in a double-carjacking trial guilty of all the charges against him.

After that verdict, Dearius Ransom pleaded guilty also to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, charges jurors could not hear during the trial lest they be prejudiced by Ransom’s previous convictions.

In one of the two carjacking cases, Ransom’s codefendant Joshua Dodson was found guilty of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and using a firearm to commit a crime. The jury found him not guilty of those same charges in the other carjacking case.

Both Dodson and Ransom were found guilty also of obstructing police for fleeing from officers before their arrests.

Superior Court Judge Art Smith III set the pair’s sentencing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Both were accused of taking a woman’s black Chevy Impala at gunpoint around midnight on June 28, 2012.

The victim testified she was leaving the Pure service station on Fort Benning Road when a man on the side of the building called to her. She looked up to see him pointing a gun at her, and when ordered to walk over to him, she felt a second gunman put a pistol to the back of her head, she said.

She saw others run and get into her car as the robbers drove off in it, she said.

She identified Ransom as the man who first pointed a gun at her, but could not say Dodson was involved. The jury acquitted Dodson in her case.

Around 8 p.m. that same day, a man and his girlfriend were talking at a tax service on St. Mary’s Road when a black Chevy Impala pulled up beside the boyfriend’s Ford Crown Victoria and four men got out.

One man pointed a gun at the boyfriend and ordered him out of the Ford, after which one of the men hit him. The witnesses identified Dodson as the gunman, and testified Ransom was driving the Impala. The girlfriend said she had seen Ransom and Dodson before, and recognized them, particularly Ransom’s moneybag tattoo under his right eye. The jury convicted both defendants in that case.

On July 2, 2012, then-Detective Cathy Bush got a tip that Ransom and Dodson were at Columbus’ Elizabeth Canty Homes off Cusseta Road. Police set up a perimeter and tracked the pair as they crossed the street and started down some nearby railroad tracks.

When an officer ordered them to stop, they ran, initiating a foot chase through the woods to Havenbrook Court Apartments off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where the two suspects became ensnared in thorn bushes that had grown up over concertina wire, police testified.

Ransom, 23, and Dodson, 24, could face up to life in prison. Ransom also has been indicted in a series of armed robberies reported earlier in June 2012. That case is yet to be tried.

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