FLORENCE- Pinal County Superior Court Judge, Stephen McCarville, sentenced Jeremy Dean Garcia, aged 37, of Apache Junction, to 133 years in prison following his conviction for numerous counts of Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse. Under the terms of the sentence, the defendant will have to serve 102 years day for day, and as to the remaining 31 years, he will have to serve eight-five percent (85%) before he is eligible for release. Garcia was convicted after a four day jury trial on October 26, 2007.
The case involved conduct with several minors over a period starting in 2000 and continuing through 2006. Victims made separate disclosures to authorities over a one year period of time. The crimes occurred in Apache Junction. The trial, held in October, 2007, lasted four days and resulted in convictions for nineteen out of twenty-six counts.
County Attorney, James P. Walsh, stated: "This case was exceedingly difficult from both a factual and investigative standpoint.. Deputy County Attorney, Craig Raymond, assisted by Deputy County Attorney, Jill Sosin, did an excellent job of pulling this case together and trying it. They are to be commended for both their tenacity and their trial presentation under difficult circumstances."