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Garcia to be Sentenced for Wilson Murder

The trial of Mario Garcia will enter its final, emotional phase today. He is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon for the murder of Christie Wilson.

Placer County Superior Court Judge Larry Gaddis will hand down the sentence in Auburn after listening to a series of victim-impact statements this afternoon.

Last November, a jury found Garcia guilty of first-degree murder and possession of a collapsible baton, which qualified as a deadly weapon.

Garcia was accused of killing the 27-year-old Wilson some time after the two left Thunder Valley Casino in the early morning hours of October 5, 2005.

Normally, Garcia would face 25-years-to-life in prison for the crime. However, in the weeks after Garcia's conviction, Gaddis ruled that Garcia's conviction of assault with a deadly weapon in 1981 should count as a strike on Garcia's record. That makes his conviction in the Wilson murder a second strike, punishable by 50 years to life in prison.


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Garcia Sentenced to 59 Years to Life for Wilson Murder

Mario Garcia, the man convicted of murdering 27-year-old Christie Wilson has been sentenced to 59 years to life.

Placer County Superior Court Judge Larry Gaddis handed down the sentence in Auburn after listening to victim-impact statements Thursday afternoon.

Garcia will get credit for the 455 days he has served in jail since he was arrested.

"Mario is confident in himself and will move forward with the appeals," defense attorney Ron Peters said.

Before he was sentenced, Garcia spoke haltingly to the court. He talked about forgiveness and the pain his family had endured when his grandmother and best friend were killed.

He then said, "I know in my heart and in my conscience, my conscience is free and clear. I am not the person who killed Christie Wilson. I did not kill Christie Wilson. I am innocent."

During Garcia's words, Wilson's step-father Pat Boyd stood and turned his back. He later said he did that because when Garcia is "going to lie and lie to try to protect himself ... that treats people with disrespect."

Garcia showed little emotion when Gaddis handed down the sentence.

Mother's Reaction
Debbie Boyd, Wilson's mother called the sentence "fair, fair and appropriate." She said her daughter "helped with the investigation by the marks she left on Garcia's body."

Boyd added the family celebrated her daughter's birthday yesterday, saying "I'm sure we'll never have closure."

Testimony
The first to speak during Thursday's session was prosecutor Garen Horst. He called Garcia a "smooth, pathological liar" who "failed to explain the evidence against him."

Horst said Garcia tried to romance Christie Wilson and the "remnants of her struggle for freedom, her attempts to escape ... were left on the defendant's body."

Garcia was accused of killing the 27-year-old Wilson some time after the two left Thunder Valley Casino in the early morning hours of October 5, 2005.

Wilson's body has never been found.

Last November, a jury found Garcia guilty of first-degree murder and possession of a collapsible baton, which qualified as a deadly weapon.

Horst testified, "the defendant is the only person who knows where the body is."

The prosecutor said many people had written on behalf of Wilson. Horst asked Gaddis to sentence the defendant to 50 years to life on the first degree murder verdict and a consecutive term of 11 years on the deadly weapon charge. "It's an appropriate measure in a case like this when the victim's remains continue to be hidden," Horst said.

Normally, Garcia would have faced 25-years-to-life in prison for the crime. However, in the weeks after Garcia's conviction, Gaddis ruled that Garcia's conviction of assault with a deadly weapon in 1981 should count as a strike on Garcia's record. That made his conviction in the Wilson murder a second strike, punishable by 50 years to life in prison.

The charges against Garcia did not include special circumstances, which would have made it a death penalty case.

Family Statements
Five people from the victim's family spoke, including her sister Stacy Wilson.

With tears in her eyes, Stacy Wilson told the court she and her sister were just 22 months apart in age and very close. She recounted many of their experiences together and said the death of Christie Wilson was tough on her son.

"There are no adequate words to describe the pain," Stacy Wilson said. "I lost my faith and trust in people. Being happy just doesn't seem right anymore."

Wilson concluded, saying, "Christie's right to live was cruelly and unjustly taken from her ... Mario Garcia deserves the same consideration he gave my sister - none."

When it was his turn to speak, Wilson's stepfather Boyd called Garcia arrogant for not revealing the location of Christie Wilson's remains. "I do not believe he will ever tell us where our daughter is. No matter how much evidence showing without a doubt that he murdered Christie. I'm sure he is still trying to convice his family that he was framed. They, too, are now victims of his lies," Boyd said.

The case was the first prosecuted in Placer County without a body.

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Mario Garcia's Wife Arrested on Wire Fraud, Money Laundering Charges

12/12/2007

The wife of convicted murderer Mario Garcia was arrested Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jean Garcia, 50, was scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Stegman said Garcia is alleged to have made false statements for the purpose of obtaining refinancing for the home she and her husband shared in Auburn, then engaged in a
monetary transaction with the allegedly illegally-obtained funds.

If convicted of the wire fraud charge, Garcia could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000. The maximum penalty for money laundering is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the value of the money laundered, whichever is greater.

Mario Garcia was convicted in November 2006 of the murder of 27-year-old Christie Wilson. The two met at a Lincoln Indian casino and left together but Wilson was never seen again, despite numerous search efforts. Wilson's body has never been found.

Wilson's mother, Debbie Boyd, said she plans to be present at Jean Garcia's federal court appearance. "I was always suspicious about what was going on with the house," said Boyd. "She (Jean Garcia) got found out."

Boyd said she is hoping that Jean Garcia's arrest will prompt Mario Garcia to work with federal authorities on some kind of a deal. "My hope out of all of this is that Mario will realize he needs to stop victimizing people and tell us where Christie is," said Boyd. "I just want my daughter back."

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