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    A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man was sentenced to one year in prison Friday, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett in Camden County near the Georgia-Florida state line also gave Zechariah Presley four years of probation. Though spared from a manslaughter conviction, the former Kingsland police officer, who is white, still had faced up to five years in prison for his actions in the June 2018 killing of Tony Green, 33. Before sentencing, Green's relatives told the judge the shooting and verdict had divided their community along racial lines. They called for the maximum five-year sentence. Presley's wife said her husband was the 'backbone' of their family, and their sons would be devastated if he were away longer. Scarlett said he suspected neither side was satisfied with the indictment or the verdict. 'If we're looking for this court's sentence to change those fixed opinions, unfortunately, I don't think it will,' he said. Presley's sentencing came days after a jury found another white Georgia police officer, Robert 'Chip' Olsen , guilty of aggravated assault and other charges in the 2015 shooting death of Anthony Hill, an unarmed black man who was naked when Olsen encountered him. Presley said he tried to pull over Green on the night of June 20, 2018 because he believed Green was driving on a suspended license. Green fled on foot after his car went off the road. Presley ran after him and the chase ended with a brief struggle between the men. Presley's body camera was working, but darkness and something covering the camera lens obscured the shooting and the moments leading up to it. But it recorded the electrified clicking sound of Presley's Taser, followed by gunshots. Presley's body camera also recorded him telling another officer afterward that Green had been on top of him, trying to grab his Taser. Presley said: 'And then I was going for my gun, and he started taking off. And I fired.' An autopsy found Green was struck by eight bullets — one to his chest, the rest to his back and hips. Green also had small amounts of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and a tranquilizer in his system. On the witness stand, Presley added details he had not mentioned previously. He said he opened fire after Green turned back to face him and extended an arm, saying he feared Green had a gun. Investigators determined the object in his hand was a cellphone. Presley's attorneys argued the shooting was justified because Presley believed his life was in danger. Prosecutors said the jury shouldn't trust the revised account of the shooting that Presley gave in court. The jury acquitted Presley of both voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The voluntary manslaughter charge carried a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. The shooting sparked protests by Green's relatives and other black residents of Kingsland. They argued a manslaughter charge wasn't severe enough for Presley, who was fired after the shooting. The grand jury that indicted Presley rejected charging him with murder.
  • Parents are left trying to find new day cares for their children after a Lawrenceville facility unexpectedly closed this week.  Jessica Davis gave Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr a call when she said she couldn't get in touch with Anthony Thornton this week. Thornton and his wife own and operate the Gwinnett Learning and Youth Entrepreneurship Academy.  TRENDING STORIES: Man says dealership called him wanting car back months after driving off lot Remains believed to be missing mother found in west Georgia, deputies say Tropical Storm Nestor forms in Gulf of Mexico; will bring heavy rain to Georgia Davis' 2-year-old twins were set to start Monday, just a couple of weeks after she put down a cash deposit. When Carr showed up to the day care, she found Sunny Suhweil, who said he's been having trouble getting the rent from Thornton since January, so he evicted him Thursday. We're hearing from the day care owner who says there's more to the story, on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m.
  • The Los Angeles Rams expect cornerback Jalen Ramsey to play on Sunday in Atlanta. Ramsey went through a second full practice with the Rams on Friday, three days after Los Angeles acquired the former All-Pro cornerback in a trade with Jacksonville. Coach Sean McVay says he is optimistic Ramsey will be able to contribute when the Rams (3-3) visit the Falcons (1-5) at the site of Los Angeles' Super Bowl loss last season. Ramsey missed the Jaguars' past three games with a back injury shortly after making a trade request. He had returned to practice with Jacksonville shortly before the trade. The Rams could use help from Ramsey after losing both of their starting cornerbacks and a starting safety in the past week. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant will miss his second straight game with a toe injury. The Falcons listed Trufant as out for Sunday's contest against the Los Angeles Rams. Last week at Arizona, Kendall Sheffield made his first career start in place of Trufant. The rookie will likely get the nod again. While Atlanta must go without its top corner, offensive guard James Carpenter returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous day with a knee problem. He should be able to play against the Rams. The Falcons (1-5) are mired in a four-game losing streak. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Deputies say human remains found in western Haralson County are believed to be missing mother Jessica Earl. Earl, 31, vanished June 8, 2018. Deputies said a property owner on Mt. Zion Church Road found a tattered backpack with Earl's identification inside Oct. 17. This is a developing story. Watch Channel 2 Action News for updates.  Other remains were also found at the scene. They have been sent to the GBI crime lab for identification.  “Although we cannot say for sure it is Jessica Earl, we strongly believe that it will be her due to the fact the remains were found in a close proximity to her backpack,” Sheriff Eddie Mixon said. “I ask that everyone keep the family in their prayers in the coming days and while the identification process is completed.' Deputies said they will not be releasing anymore information at this time.  Deputies said Earl was last seen with 36-year-old Jeffery Odom when the two got into an argument. The two were dating at the time. Odom turned himself in to police July 4. “He has an extensive criminal history -- a lot of violence, drug violations,” Haralson County Chief Joey McSwain said at the time. Odam was booked into jail on outstanding charges. It's unclear if he is still in custody. 
  • Georgia's parole board plans to hold a hearing to weigh whether to grant clemency for a man scheduled to be executed for the killing of a convenience store clerk more than three decades ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie is scheduled to be put to death Oct. 30. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to die for the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville, just north of the Florida border. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a closed-door clemency hearing for the 52-year-old Cromartie on Oct. 29. The parole board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence. Cromartie would be the third prisoner put to death by Georgia this year.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers were maybe a couple bounces from doing it a round earlier. Neither team was good enough to finish the job last season, but both think this is their time after Kawhi Leonard went back to the Western Conference. That left the NBA champions weakened and the Bucks and 76ers looking like the favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals — where perhaps they'd have to deal with Leonard again. The Bucks appeared headed there in 2018-19, right up until midway through the East finals. Milwaukee had the league's best record at 60-22, with Antetokounmpo eventually winning MVP and Mike Budenholzer the Coach of the Year. But the Bucks couldn't get another victory after taking a 2-0 lead over the Raptors, who won the next four games to reach the finals. The Bucks think they addressed some of their weaknesses and are ready to take another run at it. 'I think everybody on this team wants to show that last year wasn't just, you know, a year by accident that we just won 60 games,' Antetokounmpo said. 'I think we had a great team. We got better but obviously there's going to be a lot of teams that expect us. They know us now and they're going to play hard.' It took Leonard's shot that bounced on the rim four times before falling in at the buzzer in Game 7 to knock out Philadelphia in the second round. The 76ers come back with Al Horford and Josh Richardson but without Jimmy Butler or JJ Redick, hoping they've given coach Brett Brown the right mix around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. 'We know what the expectations are and we embrace it. It's not just Brett, it's all of us,' general manager Elton Brand said. 'We're in that position now where just getting to the first round, getting to the second round, those expectations are gone. We're expected to win big and we embrace it.' Leonard went to the Los Angeles Clippers but the Raptors still have Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam in their frontcourt that finally slowed down Antetokounmpo. He knows there will be many more teams gearing up to do the same starting next week. 'We've just got to be ready,' he said. 'They're not going to give us nothing. We've got to go out there and take everything that we want and we've got to earn everything that we've got to earn this year.' A look at the East, in predicted order of finish: PLAYOFF BOUND 1. Milwaukee — By bringing in Kyle Korver and Wes Matthews, the Bucks have surrounded Antetokounmpo with even more shooting to space the floor. 2. Philadelphia — Having Horford in Philadelphia removes one possible defender against Embiid. 3. Toronto — Gasol, Siakam and Serge Ibaka still make up an imposing frontcourt even without Leonard. 4. Boston — With Kemba Walker now in Kyrie Irving's former spot, the Celtics should have better chemistry even with a little less talent. 5. Brooklyn — No Kevin Durant yet, but enough pieces around newcomer Irving to reach the postseason again. 6. Orlando — Magic hope to pick up where they left off after a strong finish in 2018-19. 7. Indiana — Will get Victor Oladipo back at some point, but losing Bojan Bogdanovic will hurt. 8. Miami — Couldn't make a final playoff appearance in Dwyane Wade's last season in South Florida but could in Jimmy Butler's first. ___ IN THE MIX 9. Detroit — Need to come up with enough shooting from the backcourt to complement Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt. 10. Atlanta — Hawks putting together good young core around one old player: 42-year-old Vince Carter. 11. New York — Couldn't get any of the top free agents but signed enough veterans to improve last season's NBA-worst team. ___ FACING LONG ODDS 12. Chicago — Bulls think they can make a leap but there's a long way to go after losing 60 games last season. 13. Washington — Bradley Beal should put up big numbers — unless the Wizards trade him — but they won't often lead to wins. 14. Charlotte — Kemba Walker is gone and there's not much talent left behind in Charlotte. ___ WHAT TO KNOW Jumping Off Point The deciding factor in the East could be how much either Antetokounmpo or Simmons improves from the perimeter. Both have relied on their ability to get to the basket to overcome a weak jump shot, but both worked on their stroke over the summer and hit from 3-point range in the preseason. Sidelined Stars Among the injured East players missing some or possibly all of the season: Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and John Wall (Washington). Record-Setting Season Carter re-signed with Atlanta last month and will become the first player in NBA history to play 22 seasons. Back to Boston Irving originally said he planned to remain in Boston, but changed his mind and signed with Brooklyn after the Celtics' disappointing season. His first trip back is scheduled for Nov. 27 for a nationally televised game on the night before Thanksgiving. Make More Magic Orlando engineered a 17-win improvement last season, tops in the NBA, to finish 42-40 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Magic, who went 22-9 down the stretch, brought back 12 of the 17 players who appeared in a game for them in 2018-19. ___ AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter at https://twitter.com/briancmahoney
  • Buyers say a company that claimed to sell 'veteran-made' wooden flags to help veterans never delivered a product or refunded its customers and now thousands of customers have lost money. Channel 2's Justin Gray first learned about the issue from a Georgia woman who tried to buy a flag after seeing an ad on Facebook. Kelly Young said she has been waiting for a year for the flag she ordered from The Rustic Flag Co. and she's given up on getting her money back.  Young said she ordered the flag for her retired Navy grandfather for Christmas. That was in September of last year.  Gray tried to call phone numbers associated with the company's owner, Justin Scott, but they have all been disconnected and the company's website and Facebook page are gone too.  'I think it's unreal that he's still not been held accountable for his actions,' Young said.  Young said she isn't sure if Scott intended to rip customers off at first.  'I think when he realized how much money he could make in the form of those ads,' Young said.  Gray learned that the Better Business Bureau has received more than 2,000 complaints about the business.  Scott told the BBB that demand for his flags was more than he could fill, but he didn't refund Young or thousands of others.  Gray reached out to the Tennessee attorney general and learned the office has now launched an investigation.  A spokesperson said that, because of the high volume of complaints, the attorney general's office has suspended any mediation efforts with the company.  Young told Gray she feels like the company took advantage of her patriotism.  'I feel like he's doing a disservice to the veteran community,' Young said.  Scott has not only shut down the flag business, but he's also closed up shop on another Tennessee business he owned.  State investigators told Gray they are looking into how to resolve the issue of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in orders that were never filled. 
  • Tropical Storm Nestor has formed in the Gulf of Mexico with 60 mph winds. The center of the storm is currently about 350 miles southwest of Panama City, Florida. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says the storm will bring metro Atlanta heavy rain on Saturday. Winds are not expected to affect metro Atlanta.  The probability of tropical storm force winds affecting metro Atlanta is low, less than 10% (Darkest blue). Heavy rain is the most likely impact. I'll have the latest on Channel 2 at 11 pm. pic.twitter.com/kiMJwdJgr7 — Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) October 17, 2019 Nitz said 1 - 2  inches of rainfall is possible in parts of north Georgia over the next 5 days.  Channel 2's Tom Regan talked to street crews who are preparing roads for potential flooding by clearing storm drains. Their main focus is low-lying areas where storm water accumulates.  Crews are also cleaning up trash and little thrown from cars and removing cardboard signs that are blocking drains.  Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking possible impacts of Tropical Storm Nestor in Georgia, throughout the day on Channel 2 Action News.
  • The winning numbers in Friday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Day' game were: 01-06-07-08-11-12-17-18-20-21-22-24 (one, six, seven, eight, eleven, twelve, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-four)