Teen tied to Gangster Disciples gets life sentence for murdering ex-Paulding athlete

Darnell Isaiah Priester (left) was convicted of murdering Tommy Robinson (right).
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Darnell Isaiah Priester (left) was convicted of murdering Tommy Robinson (right).

Credit: Paulding County District Attorney's Office / Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Paulding County District Attorney's Office / Channel 2 Action News

A Paulding County teenager, who was arrested when he was 16, will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the shooting death of a former high school athlete.

Darnell Isiah Priester, 18, was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole plus five years for the slaying of 18-year-old Tommy Lee Robinson in 2018, the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office said. Priester was found guilty of 10 felonies, including malice murder, two weeks ago, AJC.com reported at the time.

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This is the mug shot of Darnell Isaiah Priester when he was arrested at 16 years old.

Credit: Paulding County Sheriff's Office

This is the mug shot of Darnell Isaiah Priester when he was arrested at 16 years old.
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This is the mug shot of Darnell Isaiah Priester when he was arrested at 16 years old.

Credit: Paulding County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Paulding County Sheriff's Office

Following the Aug. 18, 2018 shooting, authorities said it was not gang-related, but prosecutors accused Priester at his sentencing of being associated with the Gangster Disciples. They said he possessed a shank in jail while awaiting his trial, had tattoos referencing the gang and used slang associated with the gang.

He also tried to intimidate a witness in his trial and had discussed plans to seek revenge on that witness for testifying, prosecutors said, citing jail phone calls.

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Darnell Priester Sentenced to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole On February 24, 2020, a Paulding County...

Posted by Paulding District Attorney's Office on Monday, March 9, 2020

On the day of the shooting, Priester got into an argument with Robinson, who had recently graduated from Paulding County High School. The dispute led to gunfire, which left Robinson dead. Timothy Nelson, 18, was shot in the leg but survived his injury.

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Three others were in the line of fire, but they were not injured. Priester fired at the victims, who all either attended or recently graduated from Paulding High, from a second-story window.

Robinson, who played football in high school, graduated that spring and was headed to college, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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Tommy Lee Robinson was killed at after a football game Friday night. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Tommy Lee Robinson was killed at after a football game Friday night. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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Tommy Lee Robinson was killed at after a football game Friday night. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Priester was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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No one was injured.

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