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ARUBA: It's all about Natalee...we won't give up!


« Reply #680 on: May 26, 2017, 07:59:53 PM »


Justice for Sierra!  

 


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I stand with the girl, Natalee Holloway.

"I can look back over the past 10 years and there were no steps wasted, and there are no regrets,'' she said. "I did all I knew to do and I think that gives me greater peace now." "I've lived every parent's worst nightmare and I'm the parent that nobody wants to be," she said.

Beth Holloway, 2015 interview with Greta van Susteren
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« Reply #681 on: May 30, 2017, 09:34:46 PM »

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Jury-deciding-if-Sierra-LaMar-s-killer-should-11183747.php

Jury deciding if Sierra LaMar’s killer should be put to death
Updated 6:18 pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Santa Clara County jury began the arduous task Tuesday of deciding whether to sentence the killer of 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl Sierra LaMar to death or send him to prison for the rest of his life.

While attorneys for Sierra’s convicted murderer, Antolin Garcia-Torres, pleaded with the jury to spare their client, the prosecution urged them take the hard step and deliver the ultimate sentence.

“It takes courage to look at this man — this flesh and blood — and determine the just punishment,” Deputy District Attorney David Boyd said during his closing argument. “But when you think about what the defendant did, and what Sierra must have experienced in those minutes and hours, how is anything but the maximum punishment warranted?”

Garcia-Torres’ attorney, Brian Matthews, argued the mitigating factors in the case — including the defendant’s tortured childhood — should compel the jury to spare the 26-year-old.
 
 
Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 30
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« Reply #682 on: June 05, 2017, 02:11:27 PM »

http://www.ktvu.com/news/259022154-story

Santa Clara County jury reaches verdict in penalty phase of Sierra LaMar murder triaal
Posted: Jun 05 2017 11:22AM PDT
Updated: Jun 05 2017 11:36AM PDT

A Santa Clara County jury on Monday has reached a decision on whether to sentence Antolin Garcia-Torres to death for the murder of a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl five years ago.

The penalty phase verdict will be read at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. 40 at the Hall of Justice.
 
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« Reply #683 on: June 05, 2017, 03:40:59 PM »

https://twitter.com/KRON4RFladeboe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fkron4.com%2F2017%2F05%2F04%2Fjury-expected-to-begin-deliberating-soon-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial%2F

@Rob Fladeboe kron4‏ @KRON4RFladeboe · 9m  9 minutes ago 
#SierraLaMar parents, several search team members await 1:30 sentencing verdict for #AntolinGarciaTorres, convicted n murder of #SierraLaMar
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« Reply #684 on: June 05, 2017, 04:00:41 PM »

 

https://twitter.com/KRON4RFladeboe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fkron4.com%2F2017%2F05%2F04%2Fjury-expected-to-begin-deliberating-soon-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial%2F

Rob Fladeboe kron4‏ @KRON4RFladeboe · 10s  10 seconds ago 

#AntolinGarciaTorres sentenced to life in prison in 2012 murder of #SierraLaMar. Unanimous.
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« Reply #685 on: June 05, 2017, 04:04:27 PM »

https://twitter.com/KRON4RFladeboe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fkron4.com%2F2017%2F05%2F04%2Fjury-expected-to-begin-deliberating-soon-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial%2F

@Rob Fladeboe kron4‏ @KRON4RFladeboe · 2m  2 minutes ago 
Sierra's parents, Dist Attorney Jeff Rosen to speak outside courthouse.

@Rob Fladeboe kron4‏ @KRON4RFladeboe · 3m  3 minutes ago 
Verdict unanimous. Each juror confirms verdict. No overt reaction from gallery. GarciaTorres looking straight ahead.
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« Reply #686 on: June 05, 2017, 04:18:32 PM »

https://twitter.com/tkaplanreport

tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 4m4 minutes ago  
Tells them sentencing hearing is their opportunity to speak. #SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 5m5 minutes ago  
Boyd to family: " My expectations were raised. I was hoping for it myself."  Meaning death. #SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 6m6 minutes ago  
Boyd: he'll go to San Quentin for assessment but w no death penalty cd be moved to other prison. Death row is at San Quentin #SierraLaMar

racey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 1m1 minute ago  
... meaning that he still can appeal but will be less picayune and drawn out. #SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 2m2 minutes ago  
DA David Boyd tells family: " The silver lining is appellate protections are more extensive with the death penalty," meaning +++SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 4m4 minutes ago  
"I'm disappointed,"" said searcher David Arica, "but at least he will never walk the streets again."  #SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 5m5 minutes ago  
Lot of time/money in death penalty case (extra lawyers/experts) #SierraLaMar judge Vanessa A. Zecher sets Sept. 14/15 for sentencing.

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 8m8 minutes ago  
#SierraLaMar'S dad Steve bowed his head & kept it down when verdict read. No one crying audibly.

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 10m10 minutes ago  
It was always going to be extra-challenging to get death w/o body.  #SierraLaMar

racey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 11m11 minutes ago  
That is the verdict. Wow.  #SierraLaMar

 tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 12m12 minutes ago  
LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE #SierraLaMar
 
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« Reply #687 on: June 05, 2017, 09:42:31 PM »

http://kron4.com/2017/06/05/video-sierra-lamars-parents-react-to-antolin-garcia-torres-getting-life-without-parole-for-her-murder/

VIDEO: Sierra LaMar’s parents react to Antolin Garcia-Torres getting life without parole for her murder
By Haaziq Madyun
Published: June 5, 2017, 5:14 pm

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Sierra LaMar’s parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing their daughter’s murderer won’t be able to walk free.

The sentencing of Antolin Garcia-Torres was bittersweet for LaMar’s parents, particularly for her father who made it clear that this was not the outcome he was looking for.

Life without the possibility of parole is what a Santa Clara County jury decided on how the 26-year-old Garcia-Torres will spend the rest of his days for the 2012 murder of 15-year-old LaMar

“I am disappointed today,” Sierra’s father Steven LaMar said.

Outside the courthouse, Steven LaMar, Sierra’s father, did not hold back his displeasure with the jury’s decision.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was disappointed in the verdict,” LaMar said. “He will be able to live, Sierra won’t. He will be able to breathe, Sierra doesn’t. He will be able to eat every day, see his family. We don’t have that. His family doesn’t grieve. We will grieve for the rest of our lives.”

Now that Garcia-Torres’ life has been spared, LaMar’s mother, Marlene, says he now has an opportunity to finally be honest about the role he played in her daughter’s murder.

“There are life-long consequences following evil actions, and he can make it right by being honest with himself, his family, our family, and with God,” Marlene said. “He will continue to live in bondage as long as he lives his life. I feel at peace that he will not be on the street and able to harm another child, but the angst will be in our lives forever. Nothing will ever take that away.”
 

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« Reply #688 on: June 05, 2017, 09:50:35 PM »

http://www.ksbw.com/article/sentencing-verdict-reached-in-sierra-lamar-trial/9978483

No death penalty for Sierra LaMar's killer
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Updated: 6:20 PM PDT Jun 5, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A convicted Morgan Hill killer was sentenced Monday to serve life in prison without possibility of parole. The jury unanimously decided against sentencing Antolin Garcia-Torres to death.

The same jury found Garcia-Torres guilty last month of kidnapping and murdering a 15-year-old girl, Sierra LaMar, while she was on her way to school March 16, 2012. Her body has never been found.

A Santa Clara Hall of Justice courtroom was silent just before the jury's sentencing decision was read. Sierra's father looked disappointed, holding his head in his hands.

VIDEO: The night Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested

District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who had sought capital punishment, said he was satisfied that the "child murderer" would never draw "another free breath."

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Monday that if Garcia-Torres has any humanity, he should finally tell investigators where he hid Sierra's remains.
 
 
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« Reply #689 on: June 06, 2017, 09:23:13 PM »

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Garcia-Torres-Sentencing-is-Not-the-End-of-Sierra-LaMar-Case-426625751.html

Garcia Torres Sentencing is Not the End of Sierra LaMar Case
Published at 8:04 PM PDT on Jun 5, 2017 | Updated at 10:12 PM PDT on Jun 5, 2017

 
The new trial motion is based on a precedent case, where a judge recently overturned a murder conviction based largely on false statistical evidence given by Sgt. Herman Leon, who also testified during the Sierra LaMar trial.

"The first order is for the court to consider the new trial," Clark said. "If that happens, they will have to start from scratch."

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Clark said even if another jury convicts Garcia Torres again, he wont face the same potential punishment.

"If there was a new trial, it would only be for life in prison," he said. "The death penalty wound not be reinstated since the jury said today it is not a death case."

Clark said a new trial likely would be held in another county given all the media coverage of the case.

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If a new trial is not granted, then Sierra's family will get to address Garcia Torres directly during formal sentencing with a victim impact statement.
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« Reply #690 on: September 20, 2017, 10:15:34 PM »

 
http://www.ktvu.com/news/sentencing-postponed-in-sierra-lamar-case-after-defense-alleges-judges-conflict

Sentencing postponed in Sierra LaMar case after defense alleges judge's conflict
Posted: Sep 14 2017 09:02PM PDT

SAN JOSE (BCN)-- The sentencing for the Antolin Garcia-Torres, the convicted killer of missing Morgan Hill girl Sierra LaMar, has been postponed as defense attorneys for Garcia-Torres have filed a motion to remove Judge Vanessa Zecher from the case, according to Santa Clara Superior Court spokesperson Benjamin Rada and a motion filed in court today.

According to the 170.3 motion filed today by Al Lopez - Garcia-Torres' attorney from the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office - Zecher never disclosed that she represented Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Herman Leon, the county and other officers as deputy county counsel in a civil lawsuit in the past.
 
The sentencing was scheduled for Friday but pushed back after the 170.3 complaint was filed today. Rada said a decision on the 170.3 complaint will be made during arguments all day Sept. 28 and in the morning of Sept. 29 in the morning.

This isn't the only controversy surrounding Leon in the case.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, Garcia-Torres' attorneys chose not to inform the jury that Leon was found to have given false testimony in a separate murder trial because of a possible future trial.
 
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« Reply #691 on: October 01, 2017, 06:20:26 PM »

 
http://abc7news.com/motion-for-new-trial-for-the-man-convicted-of-killing-sierra-lamar/2463458/

Motion for new trial for the man convicted of killing Sierra LaMar
Thursday, September 28, 2017 09:16AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The man who was convicted of killing Sierra LaMar could see his sentencing delayed again. The issue is if the judge in the case was biased.

A motion like this doesn't happen very often, but today Sierra LaMar's convicted killer will try to get a new trial.
 
The Mercury News reports Zecher said in court documents "I expressly deny defendant's claim that a person aware or the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that I could be fair and impartial in this case. I am not biased or prejudiced against or in favor of the defendant in this action."

TIMELINE: Sierra LaMar kidnapping, murder case

If Zecher loses, sentencing could be delayed months while another judge looks at the transcripts of the case.
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« Reply #692 on: November 21, 2017, 06:24:00 PM »

http://www.ktvu.com/news/judge-denies-convicted-sierra-lamar-killers-request-for-judge-to-be-removed

Judge denies convicted Sierra LaMar killer's request for judge to be removed from case
Posted: Nov 15 2017 09:10PM PST
Updated: Nov 15 2017 09:12PM PST

SAN JOSE (BCN) A San Francisco Superior Court judge has denied a motion from Antolin Garcia-Torres, the convicted killer of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, to remove the judge presiding over the case and a request for a new trial because of what Garcia-Torres alleges to be a conflict from the past, the Santa Clara Superior Court announced today.

"Garcia-Torres has not met the heavy burden required to establish the appearance of bias," Judge Jeffrey S. Ross wrote in the analysis part of the decision.
 
The sentencing for Garcia-Torres is now scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose.
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« Reply #693 on: December 13, 2017, 12:27:04 PM »

 
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Killer-in-Sierra-LaMar-case-sentenced-to-life-12425644.php

Killer in Sierra LaMar case sentenced to life without parole
By Jenna Lyons
Updated 6:17 pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Marlene LaMar took the witness stand for the last time Tuesday. She didn’t need to. She specifically asked to bypass a podium toward the back of the San Jose courtroom so she could have a better view of the man who killed her 15-year-old daughter, Sierra, before a judge sentenced him to life in prison.

“I find it incomprehensible that you can make a choice to commit such a heinous, violent crime,” LaMar told Antolin Garcia-Torres in Santa Clara County Superior Court Tuesday. “You have robbed Sierra of what God had planned for her.”

She urged the 26-year-old Garcia-Torres to “repent and make it right with God” by revealing the location of her daughter’s body.

“End the torment by telling us where Sierra is,” she told him. “The truth will set you free.”

He didn’t tell them where her body was. So, when Judge Vanessa Zecher sentenced Garcia-Torres to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Sierra’s father said afterward the moment was “bittersweet.”
 
Garcia-Torres received his punishment after Zecher rejected the latest attempt by defense attorneys to get the conviction tossed. The sentencing included an order to register as a sex offender and to pay a yet to be determined amount in restitution.
 
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