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Driver to testify against co-defendants in 2010 Rincon home invasion case
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The alleged getaway driver in an August 2010 Rincon home invasion will receive 10 years in jail for his part in the crime and also is expected to testify against his accomplices.

Justin Timothy Crawford will serve 10 years in jail and have another 10 years in prison following his trial last week before Judge John R. Turner. As part of his sentence, he will testify against Robert Lionel Jackson and Mark Anthony Williams.

“We are happy with the resolution,” said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Ben Edwards. “The most important thing to come out of the resolution is his cooperation. While he is accepting responsibility and being punished for that, he is also going to be cooperative in the upcoming cases against his two co-defendants.”

Authorities allege that Jackson and Williams broke into an Exley Drive home on the morning of Aug. 2, 2010. The suspects also fired shots at a Rincon Police officer, who was not hit by the gunfire.

Officers responded to a call on a possible home invasion around 7 a.m. According to the police, the intruders brandished weapons, an AK-47 and handguns, at the home’s occupants. Two of the suspects were attempting to leave when a Rincon Police officer approached.

Crawford faced 32 charges but was sentenced on one count of burglary under the first offender status and a charge of robbery by force. He had been charged with three counts of kidnapping and 10 counts of aggravated assault.

His testimony in the upcoming trials is a part of his probation requirement, Edwards said.

“The judge made it pretty clear on the record that if he does not cooperate fully, he will brought back before the court and that will be a violation of the terms of his sentence,” Edwards said.

Williams and Jackson will have separate trials for their cases and trial dates have not been set.