Augusta man exonerated in 2009 home invasion

 

An Augusta man accused of taking part in the robbery of a sick, elderly man was acquitted Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Jonathan C. Glenn, 32, had pleaded not guilty to armed robbery, hijacking, kidnapping and burglary in the Nov. 2, 2009, home invasion of George Upshaw, 68.

Upshaw, who died in 2010, was robbed of about $30 and his vehicle by two masked men who kicked in his back door and left him gagged and bound hand and foot in his bathtub.

Defense attorney Richard Goolsby Jr. said after the trial that he believes a partial fingerprint found on a roll of duct tape used by Upshaw’s assailants led to the acquittal. The print did not match Glenn or Ahijah Murray, Glenn’s former co-defendant in the case.

Murray, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2010 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by five years on probation. Although Murray implicated Glenn in the home invasion in 2009, he testified Tuesday that Glenn wasn’t involved.

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