Guilty Verdict 3.15

Midville man guilty of second-degree manslaughter after the jury’s deliberations on Tuesday.

Johnny Gene Garber was found guilty through a three-day trial. He was charged in the death of a 39-year-old brick mason, Gardner Jackson, of Ninth Street in Jonesville. In Garber’s trial, his mother testifying against him

A hearing was scheduled for next Monday at 8:00 for Garber. Judge Jonas T. McMillian read the verdict while Mr. Garber stood silent.

Garber was charged with being drunk while driving down Highway 69 last March. His car swerved out of control and ran head into a car driven by Mr. Jackson, who had been attending services at the Midville Baptist Church.

During the trial, the Prosecution Attorney, Able Sasson, called Garber’s mother, Mrs. Minnie Lee Garber, to testify that her son had been drinking heavily at their home the evening before the accident occurred.

Garber’s sentence is determined to be two to five years in prison for his crime.