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Posted on: October 13, 2017

10/13/2017 - Two Consecutive Life Sentences for Defendant Who Killed 5 Year Old

San Antonio, Texas, October 11, 2017: On Monday, Bexar County Judge Sid Harle, presiding judge of the 226th District court sentenced Abdi Abdi, age 20, to two life sentences within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Abdi pled guilty to both murder and robbery and was sentenced on both charges. As part of a plea agreement, Abdi waived his right to appeal. The two sentences will run consecutively which means Abdi will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 60 years in prison.

On June 1st, 2016 Abdi Abdi showed up to a residence located on 807 Pecan Valley in San Antonio, Texas, along with two other men, with the intent to rob a man who lived at the residence. During the robbery attempt, the three men began shooting, and Abdi, who was armed with a handgun, shot and killed Ana Garza, 5, who was inside the home. The suspects then fled the crime scene.

Based on investigations and surveillance by the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, Abdi was apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Service on June 9th, 2016 and arrested.

“I’m proud of the collaboration between the multiple law enforcement agencies and our staff within the District Attorney’s Office,” said District Attorney LaHood. “Their tenacity coupled with the decisions of the judge allowed justice to be found. Although we cannot change what happened, God willing, this is a step in closing a difficult chapter for the Garza family.”

Assistant District Attorneys Joshua Somers and Marilisa Janssen prosecuted the case against Abdi in the 226th District Court.

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