30 Years for July, 2018 Killing

A man received a 30-year sentence in Laurens County General Sessions Court today from a July, 2018 fatal shooting. 35-year-old Anthony Cruz Garcia of Tullyton Drive, Fountain Inn, was scheduled to stand trial for Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime during a violent crime in the shooting of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Faith Elizabeth Garza.

Before the trail got underway this Monday afternoon, Presiding Judge Don Hocker announced that Garcia’s attorney, Bill Mayer of Laurens, told him that his client had agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, with the dismissal of the possession charge.

Prosecutor from the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Warren Mowry told the judge that there was a solid case against Garcia, and he recommended that the maximum 30 years for involuntary manslaughter be given.

Mowry recounted to the judge the details of the incident back in July 2018, when the couple were living in a camper on family property and had only been there a week, after moving to South Carolina from San Antonio, Texas.     “Witnesses told police that there was a screaming and cursing exchange just before the shooting, he then fled the scene, and was captured later in a store parking lot,” said Mowry.

The victim’s mother and step-father provided a written statement on the impact that Faith’s death had on their lives, and that the defendant going to prison will not help their grief, but it will prevent him hurting anyone else. Judge Mowry sentenced Garcia to 30 years in prison, with credit for 518 days already served.

After the jury was dismissed, Judge Hocker told them to report back tomorrow morning, as another trial may be scheduled.