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He was 18-years-old the night he committed rape and robbery and seven other felonies, in May of 2011.

This morning, Hugo Elmer Garcia, now 20, was sentenced to 74 years and 8 months to life in prison, for his own personal crime wave in Escondido.

Garcia’s trial was in May of this year, and the jury deliberated for about an hour before declaring the defendant guilty of burglary and kidnap and stolen vehicle and personal use of a gun, among other felonies.

Hugo Elmer Garcia was stopped about 10 p.m. in a stolen Ford Explorer by ICE agent Derek Hester the same night of the crimes. Agent Hester said he removed a loaded, six-shot .22 caliber revolver from the front pocket of Garcia’s pants.

A Juris criminal history report in his file states that Garcia was born in El Salvador. His case is flagged with an immigration HOLD.

The same judge who heard the jury trial, Honorable Daniel Goldstein, declared sentence this morning, August 27.

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Visduh Aug. 27, 2012 @ 4:54 p.m.

Let's see. When he's 95 years old he will have served his time and will then be deported to El Salvador. This is all too droll for words. The defense will appeal this sentence claiming that it is tantamount to a life sentence. Doh! That's the idea, counselor. Parole? Always possible, especially in the brave new world of overcrowded prisons in California. Will the ICE remember to deport him if he's paroled? Don't count on that. But especially don't count on him serving that sentence and being off the streets for good.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 27, 2012 @ 7:52 p.m.

Someone should give that cop hester some pointers on how to dress and groom for court, just goes to show you that these gov jobs are fixed.


Visduh Aug. 28, 2012 @ 2:13 p.m.

You sure expect a lot. He's wearing a coat and a dress shirt. He has his pate closely trimmed. The goatee that hides his receding chin is a bit too shaggy. Cops are tough guys and he's just keeping the appearance up.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 28, 2012 @ 3:41 p.m.

He is a COP, a so called LE professional. He has no tie, he has a goofy shirt,insead of a white shirt with a tie, he has a BLACK T SHIRT underneath (????????) and he has a goofy looking goatee tha is not trimmed or professional looking. And the coat should be dark blue or black........Sorry, they comp these guys $200K per year plus whatever OT they pull down, there is no excuse for dressing like this in court IMO.


Burwell Aug. 28, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m.

Hester's sport coat cost $1,800. I purchased an identical coat from Jack Fagman's in Chicago. His shirt is expensive imported Italian Mohair.


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