Former Kingsland officer sentenced to prison

Ex-Georgia officer headed to prison despite acquittal in fatal shooting

A former southeast Georgia police officer will serve prison time despite his acquittal in the fatal shooting of a father of two. 

Zechariah Presley was sentenced Friday to one year in prison and four years on probation, according to Jacksonville, Florida, news station WJAX. 

A jury found the former Kingsland officer guilty of an oath of office violation, but he was previously found not guilty of the more serious charge of voluntary manslaughter, the news station reported. 

The charges stem from the death of Anthony Marcell Green, who was shot and killed June 21, 2018, AJC.com previously reported. 

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Presley followed a vehicle driven by Green, GBI officials said following the incident. The vehicle stopped, and Green ran from the scene, according to the state agency. Presley pursued and eventually made physical contact with Green. 

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“Green again fled from Presley, at which time Presley fired multiple shots resulting in Green’s death,” GBI agent Stacy Carson said after the shooting.

Kingsland is in Camden County, about 335 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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