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Suspect Sentenced In Ossining Homicide Of Man Who Owed Money

Joaquin Garcia, a 28-year-old Yonkers resident, was sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering a man and dumping his body in Ossining
Joaquin Garcia, a 28-year-old Yonkers resident, was sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering a man and dumping his body in Ossining Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Yonkers man will be spending at least the next 20 years in jail for murdering someone and then dumping the remains on the side of the road in Ossining.

Joaquin Garcia, 28, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to murder in the first degree in the killing of Luis Blanco, a 62-year-old Yonkers resident, in August 2015.

A jogger found Blanco's body along Route 133 and an autopsy determined he had been stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and torso, and had been shot in the back of the head, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

An investigation by Ossining Police, Yonkers Police and the county determined that Garcia owed Blanco money. Blanco met Garcia in Garcia's Ford SUV in Yonkers.

Garcia told Blanco he could not pay him back. When Blanco threatened to inform Garcia’s employer, Garcia became angry, brandished a screwdriver and demanded Blanco hand over all his valuables, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

Garcia then proceeded to stab Blanco multiple times. Another man proceeded to shoot Blanco in the back of the head, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

Garcia was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections following his sentencing.

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