Boyfriend accused of killing a Texas woman on her birthday when her mother was listening is sentenced

A Texas man convicted of murdering his girlfriend on her birthday will be put in jail.

Joshua Garcia of San Antonio was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday (his 23rd birthday). Erin Castro, According to Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

In September 2018, the couple went out to celebrate Erin’s 19th birthday and began discussions, officials said.Castro’s mom, Lena Castro, said she received Horrible texts and phone calls from her daughter As the night goes on.

“Get out of the car and I’ll pick you up,” she remembered telling her daughter.

But Erin didn’t know where Garcia had driven her, Rene Castro wrote on her website. #JustceForErin, She launched after her daughter was killed.

“When I was holding the key and listening on the other side of the line, I couldn’t go anywhere and was outside the front door!” Said the mother. “The worst nightmare for parents. I heard my daughter’s horrifying screams on the other side of the line.”

This was the last time Erin’s mother heard her alive.

Police said she was stabbed Drive many times, Leading to her death, McClatchy News previously reported.

“”I want to know if the baby shouted for meLena Castro reported Wednesday by San Antonio Express-News in a statement about its impact on victims. “Why did you leave her there? She loved you so much, she would have done anything for you, and you just left her there like an animal I made it. “

Erin and Garcia had previously had problems with the “again, again” relationship. When Erin died, Garcia was on probation on charges of assault by hitting her in a car in 2016, officials said.

“At any age, this kind of violent abuse is more than everyone knows or has to deal with and deal with,” Erin’s mother said. It was. “She didn’t know what to do and tried to cover for him. I didn’t forgive her, I tried to fight for my daughter. I immediately called the police and called him I was accused. “

However, Erin’s mother said in her daughter’s life that she “manipulated her own path.”

“Erin was compassionate and thought that if she showed someone enough love and forgiveness, they would change,” said Lena Castro.

Garcia must provide half of his sentence before qualifying for parole.

“Erin Castro deserved celebrating more birthdays with her loved ones. Her family, friends, and our office tried to keep the defendant away from her, but he did. I refused to do so, “said Joe Gonzales, a lawyer in the Bexar County district, in a statement. “On the day the family should celebrate, their young lives have changed forever. Domestic violence has changed the family and our community must continue to work to prevent such tragedy.”

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