A 40-year-old supporter of Hillary Clinton has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his bandmate’s wife during a dispute over the 2016 election.
According to Fox News, John Kevin McVoy, Jr. was told by bandmate Victor Garcia to “get the f*** out of my house” as the two were arguing in January 2017 about who they’d supported in the presidential race just months earlier.
McVoy “then fired a shot” at Garcia, Fox reported, “striking him in the head.” As another bandmate attempted to disarm McVoy, a second shot was fired that struck and killed Garcia’s wife, Susan.
Susan Garcia was reportedly holding her 2-year-old child in her arms when she was shot and killed. The child was not harmed in the shooting.
“My son not only lost his mother”
Victor Garcia lived, but the injury left him in a coma for months, and his recovery involved two brain surgeries and extensive physical therapy, according to Fox. Two other bandmates of the pair were reportedly in the home at the time of the shooting but were also uninjured.
McVoy was later charged with murder and convicted earlier this year. “A jury found McVoy not guilty of two counts of attempted murder and a count of child endangerment,” the Daily Mail reported.
“My son not only lost his mother, but also part of his father,” Victor Garcia said in a statement in court, according to the Daily Mail.
McVoy, who says he’s remorseful for the crime, will now serve the maximum sentence, and may be behind bars for the rest of his life. “I think about this every day,” the 40-year-old said in a court appearance.
According to Fox, McVoy was sentenced this week to “15 years to life for killing Susan Garcia and to 20 years for a firearm enhancement.”
“There was no imminent danger”
At trial, McVoy’s attorneys had attempted to argue that the shooting came in self defense, as the Washington Examiner reports. But the judge disagreed.
“He’s the one that made this something else,” said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke. “There was no imminent danger at the time,” she added.
“There’s no reason to be pointing a gun,” Laesecke insisted, according to the Daily Mail. “Mr. Garcia should not bear the weight of this crime.”