Manslaughter convict asks judge to dismiss his lawsuit
A man convicted of shooting a Border Patrol agent and leading police on a chase that ended in his parents’ front yard in a shootout with authorities that left his mother dead has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit he filed against officers involved in the deadly incident.
Jesse Garcia, who is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot during the early morning hours of Jan. 27, 2016, pleaded guilty on Nov. 2 to a charge of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and one count of aggravated assault.
Garcia, who was sentenced by 357 th state District Judge Juan A. Magallanes, will spend 10 years in prison. He is currently being held in the Cameron County Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center pending transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
In April, Garcia, along with his brothers, Ramiro Garcia and Jose Luis Garcia Jr., sued Cameron County Sheriff Deputies Mario Ledezma and Victor Hugo Alvarado and Brownsville Police Department Sgt. Troy Allen Arnold, challenging the official narrative of the crime by alleging that Garcia was unarmed when police unleashed an unnecessary barrage of firepower during the incident that resulted in his mother’s death.
Mark Anthony Sanchez, an attorney from San Antonio who filed the lawsuit and previously worked on the criminal case, has said previously that the outcome of that litigation hinged on Garcia’s criminal case, which has been resolved.
After Garcia sued, the officers asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, arguing that the officers never used excessive force causing Garcia’s mother’s death. The officers also argued that they were immune to the lawsuit and argued that the force used to apprehend Garcia was justified.