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'God help him': Teen gets life in prison

Saying she had few options, a judge sentenced a Gainesville teenager to life in prison Thursday in the 2006 shooting death of a restaurant worker.

October 30, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville athletes flee California wildfires

Four young Olympic hopefuls from Gainesville are among the nearly 400,000 people evacuated from San Diego County in the midst of one of the worst California wildfires in years.

October 28, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teen is found guilty of murder

At age 15, Chaz Stringer walked into a tiny take-out restaurant on Athens Street armed with a small handgun, demanded money and shot wildly at a worker, killing him, a Hall County jury decided Saturday.

October 25, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jury still deliberating Stringer murder case

The fate of a 17-year-old facing life in prison if convicted of murder rests in the hands of a jury.

October 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teens arrested in firebombing

Authorities have arrested two teenagers on arson charges after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the home of a former Hall County sheriff's deputy.

Nathanial J. Thomas, 17, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with first-degree arson late Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent said Thursday. The juvenile's name is not being released because of his age.

October 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal struck in horse gambling case

Seven of the nine people charged last year with commercial gambling after a raid of a horse racing track near Gillsville pleaded guilty to reduced charges Wednesday.

October 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teen may testify in his murder trial today

Hall County jurors on Wednesday heard a recording of Gainesville teenager Chaz Stringer admit to a fatal shooting. Today, they're likely to hear from him in person.

Stringer's attorney, Brian Steel, indicated he would call his client to the witness stand before resting the defense case today. Stringer is expected to explain why he told a detective, "I did it" when questioned about the murder of 29-year-old restaurant worker Victor "Charlie" De La Rosa in a June 8, 2006, attempted armed robbery.

October 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Witness: Teen smiled before shooting man

Just before he fired his gun, Charlie De La Rosa's killer smiled, a witness to the murder said Tuesday.

Israel Garcia, 23, dredged up the terrible memory of his co-worker, roommate and friend being gunned down in an attempted armed robbery as he testified Tuesday in the trial of a Gainesville teenager charged with the murder.

October 21, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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