Convicted rapist gets maximum sentence

Convicted rapist gets maximum sentence

From the Las Vegas Optic

A former Las Vegas firefighter convicted of raping a then 16-year-old girl has been sentenced to the maximum time in prison allowed by law.

District Court Judge Gerald Baca sentenced David Garcia, 48, to 15 years in prison, with three years of the sentence suspended, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Tom Clayton.

A jury convicted Garcia April 1 on one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child.

Garcia was taken into custody following the guilty verdict, and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. The time he serves at SMCDC will be credited toward his prison sentence, Clayton said, and once the judgment and sentence are entered into court record, Garcia will be transferred to the custody of the New Mexico Corrections Department. That transfer should take place sometime this week, according to Clayton.