Victor Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, personal use of a knife and being a felon with prior prison time for auto theft and drug possession. As part of the deal, Garcia agreed to serve the maximum sentence of 13 years in state prison. Formal sentencing will happen on June 3.
Samantha Garcia, 22, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the crime of voluntary manslaughter. That charge carries a maximum time of three years in state prison, but her deal calls for her to serve the minimum of two years.
Judge Bernard Garber accepted the siblings’ plea.
The pair allegedly went to Sanchez’s house on the 200 block of West Whittier Avenue before midnight on Sept. 19.
According to police reports, Victor Garcia was seen fighting with Sanchez prior to the victim collapsing on a neighbor’s front lawn with three stab wounds.
Sanchez was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, where he died an hour later.
After the Thursday hearing, Stephanie Cardoza, mother of the victim, called the ordeal “very hard.”
“Nothing they give them will ever bring my son back,” she said. “He will never get justice. It’s not fair. He was killed the day after my birthday. I’ll never celebrate another birthday.”
Cardoza said that members of her family are planning to speak during the sentencing hearing, at 9 a.m. June 3 in Department 23 in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Both Victor and Samantha Garcia will remain in San Joaquin County Jail until the hearing.
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