Thursday, December 22, 2016

Update on triple homicide case

Update: Garcia served all but 100 days of his last prison sentence.  He would have been free to commit this crime last week regardless of whether he served his full sentence. 

Here is the Mississippi criminal record for one Joshua Garcia that was obtained from MDOC yesterday:


1999 robbery, Harrison County, 60 months (5 years) probation
2000 robbery, Harrison County, burglary and receiving stolen property – five years to serve on each of the three, with the charges running concurrently, so he had 5 years to serve (
2006 burglary larceny, unoccupied dwelling, Harrison County, 4 years to serve and three years probation (his probation was revoked)
2009 burglary larceny, unoccupied dwelling (same case from 2006) and grand larceny, Harrison County, total nine years to serve.  He was paroled August 2014 , then discharged in January 2015, meaning his sentence expired or he is no longer on supervision.

Kingfish note: Keep in mind that some of our esteemed legislators want to make it even tougher to classify this guy as a habitual offender.  

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure would be nice to know the names of said "Esteemed Legislators"

Anonymous said...

Robbery, robbery, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, and now triple murder (among other crimes in his 2016 spree). Can the JFP crowd please drop in this morning and lecture us on how we shouldn't be so hard on "little" property crimes?

Johnny Weir said...

The city of Jackson (Yarber or another member on the council)wants to hired thugs like this. Thing is these kind of guy are to proud to work at a common job, like I did for 35 years.

Anonymous said...

I think that the penalties for any crime which violates another person's space or person should be increased dramatically -- and that those crimes should carry enhanced penalties for each subsequent conviction. I don't think that ANY drug crime (selling, possession, using), unless it is coupled with another crime, should count towards habitual offender status. I think it's wrong that anyone should serve life in prison without parole where one of the three convictions was just a drug crime. I also don't think that it's a good use of taxpayer dollars that we should house those people for the rest of their natural lives because of it. If you are the type that makes anyone feel violated (I include car burglaries in this category), the first offense should be very high, including mandatory prison time. Any further offenses should be even steeper, to include life in prison. As someone much smarter than me once said, it's time we start locking up the people we are scared of rather than the people we are mad at.

Bring Back The Chair.. said...

For those of us who are in favor of a death penalty, if this situation doesn't justify it, nothing would.

For the rest of you, I hope your head explodes while it's up your ass.

Anonymous said...

I've heard the arguments both ways. We lock up too many and we cannot afford to incarcerate all offenders. I've carefully studied the decriminalization of marijuana but know that it creates more neglected children, abused spouses, and almost total loss of ambition, not to mention all the substances that create im-paired driving. It is profiling, but anyone with Garcia's record and tattoos is a red flag walking. A crime waiting to happen. We know many of societies misfits are those who escalate into worse crimes. Yet we cannot achieve balance in who will prosper with freedom and who should remain incarcerated.

Anonymous said...

Habitual offenders should be sentenced to death. Why should we provide a place for them the rest of their lives when they have proven they cannot be allowed to be free with other people? It is a waste of time, money, and prison space to keep habitual offenders alive.

Anonymous said...

agree with 11:04

Anonymous said...

Steve Pickett is not to blame here. There are four other members of the Parole Board, and Pickett was not a member during all of the time this guy was incarcerated or could have been. The Legislature had it right for about ten years there when the 85-percent rule was law. However, they couldn't stick with it and changed it back to a looser parole system that exists now.

Thus someone is always going to get paroled, and it may be the two- or three-time property crime offenders. And some who get parole are going to end up killing someone. Two and only two solutions exist: either curtail or eliminate parole (i.e. the 85% Rule) or allow it and understand that mistakes will be made, because no one can 100% predict the future.

Anonymous said...

The fact is - as is stated in the time line at the top of this story -- Garcia served 99% of his sentence - he was eligible for parole in 2013 and WAS NOT paroled. He served a year and half longer because of the parole board. He was paroled when his release was imminent. In doing so, he had to have an address that was approved and investigated to go to --- if he had not been paroled he would have been free with no forwarding address. Sounds like good judgment to me.





















Profiling The Tattooed.. said...

10:29 - Thank you for your post. I admire you for having 'carefully studied' stuff. I want to thank you for pointing out that the decision to get those first couple of tattoos is obviously a gateway behavior to an impending life of crime.

Kingfish said...

I deleted that post because it was a smear. No one can be paroled unless the BOARD votes for parole. Garcia served most of his sentence and was released all of one hundred days early before his flat line date.

Bottom line: Garcia would have been on the street to kill these men with or without parole.

Hang 'Em High and Let 'Em Drip Dry said...

What was that slogan Epps always claimed to be guided by? Something like; 'We need to decide who we are afraid of and who we dislike'. Or something like that.

This is the kind of guy we should be afraid of. Everybody in the hoose-gow and everybody in the system knew when he walked that he would be back.

How many years before he will avoid the needle by claiming a low IQ?

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