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Hall man sentenced to 12 years for car thefts
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Brian Bailey, 23, of Hall County was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison without parole for his role in a series of car thefts in late 2009.

Bailey and his brother, Emmanuel Bailey, were charged on multiple counts of entering auto and motor vehicle theft that happened between November and mid-December 2009.

"The district attorney's office is pleased with the verdict of the jury and Judge (Kathlene) Gosselin's sentence, which will guarantee that ... the defendant will not have the opportunity to commit further crimes out of incarceration for at least 12 years," District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

The string of crimes culminated with a December burglary at a residence on Burns Drive in Gainesville, Darragh said.

Emmanuel Bailey pleaded guilty to the crimes in March. At Friday's hearing, he claimed full responsibility for the crimes, testifying on behalf of his brother.

"But the jury rejected that and found Brian Bailey guilty," Darragh said.

Brian Bailey also was charged with obstruction of an officer and interference with government property. He had prior convictions for terroristic threats, theft by taking a motor vehicle, theft by receiving a motor vehicle, felony obstruction and theft by taking.

Most of the property from the Burns Drive burglary, including electronics, firearms and jewelry, was recovered.