SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday for gunning down his estranged wife in her bedroom after violating a restraining order.
Jose Antonio Garcia, 37, showed no emotion when a jury of seven women and five men found him guilty in the shooting death of Adriana Garcia, 34, the mother of his five children, on the morning of Oct. 16, 2010.
Garcia had taken out a restraining order against her husband because of acts of violence against her, according to testimony.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Murray contended Jose Garcia was jealous and couldn’t stand the idea of his wife leaving him.
Garcia went to his wife’s home at a time when he knew their children were not at home, shot her once in the head, then called 911, according to testimony.
Police found him sitting in his pickup near Edinger Avenue and South Mohawk Drive. A four-hour standoff ensued, during which he kept officers at bay by holding a gun to his head before he eventually surrendered.
Garcia faces 40 years to life in prison at his sentencing Sept. 21 by Superior Court Judge David Hoffer.
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