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Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder of UGA student

Zarren Rasool Alexander Garner

By Joe Johnson

A man has been found guilty on all counts for an armed robbery and attempted murder of a University of Georgia student.

After a weeklong trial in Clarke County Superior Court, a jury on Friday found 22-year-old Zarren Rasool Alexander Garner guilty of criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, and two counts each of aggravated assault with intent to rob, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Western Judicial Circuit Judge Lawton Stephens did not immediately pass sentence or schedule a sentencing date.

Garner, who lived in Grayson, faces a maximum possible sentence of at least life in prison, but the judge is expected to tack on additional years.

The crimes Garner was convicted of stem from an incident on April 22, 2019, when Athens-Clarke County police said Garner robbed at gunpoint a cellphone from a UGA student at Milledge Place Apartments.

Shooting victim Tate Prezzano

A short time later, police said that Garner assaulted Tate Prezzano, a 22-year-old UGA junior and lacrosse player from Alpharetta while the student was waiting for a bus near his apartment in the 2100 block of South Milledge Avenue. Garner allegedly shot Prezzano multiple times in the head and neck area during an attempt to steal the victim’s Air Pods, according to police.

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