Toccoa man receives 60-year sentence for August 2021 shootings

A Toccoa man was sentenced to 60 years in prison this week following a three-day trial in the Superior Court of Stephens County.

According to a release issued by the Mountain Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s Office, Antuan Demetrius Prather, 32, of Toccoa was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The trial was held before the Honorable B. Chan Caudell.

The State of Georgia was represented by Chief Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Boykin, along with Assistant District Attorney Rebecca James.

The case was handled by Special Agent Cliff Tippens of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. They were assisted by the Toccoa Police Department and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 1, 2021, when Prather shot an individual who was unknown to him at Buddy’s Kwik Stop on Big A Road. He then fled the scene.

An hour later, he shot two individuals who were working at Tony’s General Store on Hwy 123.

Prather was apprehended shortly after the second shooting by the Toccoa Police Department.

Prather was sentenced to 60 years to serve in the state penal system, followed by 10 years on probation.