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Student's picture wrongly used for convict

Gainesville, Fla. -- A University of Florida student said he searched his name on Google and found authorities were using his picture to represent a similarly named convict.

Zachary Garcia, a student at the Gainesville school, said an online search for his name brought up his picture associated with a Polk County Sheriff's Office report of a murder convict named Zachery Garcia, who spells his first name with an "e" rather than an "a," WTSP-TV, Tampa, Fla., reported Thursday.

"I was just very shocked to find my picture and the article saying that I was convicted of a felony murder charge," the student said, "and I was just very shocked and angry that someone put my name up there and said I did something I didn't do."

"Everybody makes mistakes," Garcia said. "I work at Publix and I might get somebody's sub (order) wrong. But for somebody to get (the photo of a suspect) wrong ... it's not a sandwich, it's somebody's life you're playing with."

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