25 Years in Prison for Parking Lot Shooting

Garlens Roger has been adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison with a 25-year minimum/mandatory, for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. He was
convicted in May, following a trial in Lee County.

The crime happened on March 12, 2022, at a convenience store. The victim was waiting in a work truck after getting drinks in the store, while his co-workers walked to a nearby fast-food restaurant. 

 As the pair returned, they saw a man loudly arguing with a woman in a car. One co-worker calmly told the man to leave the woman alone, as the victim stepped out of the work truck to see what was going on.

The man got out of the car with a gun and chased the three back into the truck. As they drove away, the defendant fired one shot, hitting the victim.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene and their investigation led to the shooter being identified as the defendant, Garlens Roger, a clerk at the convenience store. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle he had been driving and a firearm was found in plain view in his car, on the driver’s side floorboard.

Assistant State Attorney Olivia Ferrell and Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Levy prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office