Life in prison for convict involved in burglary, shootout

An Augusta man who took his son and a teenage nephew on a burglary that turned into a shootout will return to prison for life, the prosecutor who handled the case said Thursday.

Clarence A. Tanksley, 48, was convicted of armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and a weapon violation for the July 30, 2007, robbery of the F.A.M.E. clothing store on Wrightsboro Road.

Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said he recommended the judge let the sentences for the burglary and aggravated assault run concurrently considering Mr. Tanksley’s age and lack of any violent history.

His son Jordash Tanksley, who had at least three prior convictions, was sentenced to life in prison plus 45 years without parole.

Derrell L. McNair, who was 15 at the time of the crime, was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

All three were convicted in separate trials in Richmond County Superior Court.

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