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Jury Convicts Covington Man of Domestic Abuse Battery


COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Robert G. Garner, Jr., 44, of Covington, on Oct. 11 of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.  As a multiple offender, Garner faces two to six years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge Peter Garcia.

On the night of May 13, 2018, Garner attacked the victim by punching her in the head and then strangling her in her Folsom home. The victim’s 15-year-old son eventually called a third party for help, and the police were notified.  The victim and her son testified during the trial about the attack. The jury also heard about two prior episodes of violence in which Garner beat and threatened the victim.

Assistant District Attorneys Blair Alford and William Macke played a voice mail message that was left by Garner, daring the victim to call the police. “They can’t watch you forever,” he said in the message. He also said in the message that the next time she wouldn’t walk again.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.