A habitual criminal planned to go to a jewelry store to rob the joint but instead shot three people to death.
Now, he will never walk free again.
Last month, a federal judge in Mississippi sentenced Joshua Michael Garcia to life in prison for his role in the three deaths. He previously pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm that resulted in the murder of three persons during the commission of a robbery.
Prosecutors said Garcia and Jamison Layne Townsend went to Bill’s Coin & Jewelry in Jackson, Mississippi, on Dec. 17, 2016, to rob the place.
During the robbery, Garcia shot and killed the owner and to coworkers, prosecutors said.
The victims were identified as 81-year-old Cleveland “Bill” Mosley, 60-year-old Robert Ivy, and 77-year-old Ted McLemore, according to WLOX.
He and Townsend then emptied the display cases of watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, coins and other times, persecutors said. Later the same day, the duo went to a pawn shop in Alabama and pawned some of the items.
Two days later, a state trooper in Tennessee tried to stop the two as they drove on I-24, according to prosecutors. A high-speed chase ensued, and the suspects were able to escape. Days later, the two were arrested in Kansas.
Police searched and found numerous stolen items, including some goods that still had price tags from the shop. Investigators also found the murder weapon on the pair, according to prosecutors.
WLOX noted that when Garcia was sent to federal jail after his arrest, guards found a handcuff key in his rectum. He pleaded guilty to attempted escape as a violent habitual offender in 018 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Garcia also tried to escape from a jail in 2017.
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