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Local man to serve eight years in shooting death of GSC student

By Walter Geiger Fredrick Sherard Harden, 25, was sentenced to eight years in prison and two years on probation by Judge Tommy Wilson last week in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jessey Gadzeti, a Gordon State College student. Harden pleaded guilty March 27 to three of the five charges against him, including involuntary manslaughter, felony possession of marijuana and theft by receiving stolen property. According to testimony, Harden was in a trailer with Gadzeti and two other men at 121 North Ave. on Dec. 13, 2016 when he pulled out a Taurus 9 mm. pistol and started waving it around. The gun went off and Gadzeti was struck in the forehead just above his left eye. Gadzetti, a GSC student and short order cook at a food venue there, died at the scene. At the time of the shooting, Harden, who fled the scene, was is possession of four ounces of marijuana. He also hid the pistol which, testimony last week revealed, was stolen from Raymond Pope of Thomaston. Assistant district attorney Cindy Adams reported she had talked to Gadzeti’s family and they were comfortable with the sentence. Harden has a long criminal history and was out on bond on charges of selling marijuana and cocaine at the time of the shooting. Those charges were dropped as part of last week’s sentencing as were a second count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of tampering with evidence.

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