Woman convicted of false 911 reports that caused a fatal drug investigation

Houston (AP) — A woman was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison on Tuesday for killing two homeowners in a 2019 Houston police drug investigation.

Patricia Garcia was the first person to be sentenced in connection with a deadly assault in which Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Logena Nicholas, 58, were shot dead on January 28, 2019.

12 active and former officers Drug unit A person who conducted a drug investigation was charged in the state and Federal court In addition to shooting. Two active and former officers, Gerald Goins And Felipe Gallegos, Is charged with murder in a state court.

Prosecutors allege that Goin, who led the attack, lied to obtain a warrant to search the couple’s home, claiming that the secret informant had purchased heroin. Goins later claimed that he had no informants and bought the drug himself. Police found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the house, but no heroin. It was.

At a federal court hearing in a video on Tuesday, prosecutor Alamdar Hamdani said Garcia made three 911 calls on the night of January 8, 2019, in which her daughter. Was a drug dealer who told police that he had been detained against her will in the couple’s house and had a gun in the house.

Hamdani has no daughter in Garcia, her other claim is Is also false Created when she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to officials, Garcia had a long-standing dispute with the couple and was called 911.

The prosecution does not believe Garcia was the cause of death 20 days later, but “things started to move that night,” Hamdani said.

“MS. Garcia called 119 and intended to use the three digits as a weapon,” he said.

Hamdani told police that after Tuttle and Nicholas were killed, Garcia did not regret and was “tired” to those who came to the neighborhood and mourned the deaths of the couple.

In a short statement, Garcia said, “My thoughts were right” when I made a fake 119 call. In March, Garcia pleaded guilty to one count that provided false information.

“I wasn’t going to die for someone … like them. I’m very sorry for calling 119,” Garcia said.

Her lawyer, Marjorie Myers, sought a 10-16 month ruling recommended by the ruling guidelines because Garcia has a long history of mental illness and substance abuse. He said what happened to the couple was “because of a rogue and corrupt police officer.”

But Judge George C. Hanks, Jr. of the U.S. District Court said he didn’t think Garcia was really regretful, and she was indifferent to trying to provoke police into her neighbor’s house. T.

“There is no doubt that we knew what that would lead to. You wanted something bad to happen,” Hanks said.

Hanks agreed with the prosecution that Garcia’s imprisonment should be longer than recommended by the sentencing guidelines.

Last week, Goins’ former partner Stephen Bryant said Convicted in federal court To one count related to judicial obstruction due to falsification of records. He will be sentenced on August 24th.

Over 160 Drug conviction The suspect, who was tied to Goins, was subsequently dismissed by the prosecution.

Tuttle and Nicholas family Filed a federal civil rights proceeding In January he opposed the city and 13 officers.


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