Garcia sentenced to 70 years for murder in Lamar University student's killing
A jury who found a man guilty of murder in the 2015 killing of a Lamar University student has decided he should serve a 70-year prison sentence for the crime.
Orlando Escuadra-Garcia was convicted Friday of killing Rhydan Bolton outside of a convenience store in what police and prosecutors have called a case of mistaken identity more than two years ago.
Jurors took about an hour to announce a punishment decision in the sentencing phase of the trial. They found Garcia guilty earlier in the day.
Throughout the trial, jurors heard from more than 15 witnesses.
Several say they were with Garcia the night of the murder, two even say he had a gun that night.
Family members testified that Garcia was actually with them in Lumberton the night of the killing and say there is no way he could have been involved.
Garcia, however, now faces up to life in prison.