Man takes plea deal for his role in the killing of 2 Coronado High School students
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The man accused in the execution-style slayings of two students from Coronado High School will spend years behind bars for the crime.
Marco Garcia-Bravo pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the second-degree and was immediately then sentenced to 30 years total with mandatory parole. He will get credit for time already served since the spring 2017 crime.
Garcia-Bravo was the lone suspect to stand trial after a total of 10 people were linked to the March 2017 killings f 15-year-old Derek Greer and 16-year-old Natalie Cano-Partida and could have faced life in prison had he been found guilty of first-degree murder. But following many days of deliberating in February, a jury could not come to an agreement on six of the more than a dozen charges Garcia-Bravo was facing, and the proceedings were declared a partial mistrial.
Garcia-Bravo accepted a plea deal in exchange for a lighter sentence versus taking his chances before a jury a second time.
Families were emotional learning Garcia-Bravo’s fate.
“This is so sad, horrifying. Two young people lost their lives over hearsay, rumors. ‘I thought she said, I thought they said, I thought what who said.’ It’s really sad. It’s been a long, tough four years. It put the whole family through a lot. I just pray that nobody will have to experience this or go through it. That’s all I’ve got to say your honor, sir,” Natalie’s father said, visibly crying as he spoke.
“We were hoping we would get fair justice for them. No amount of time is ever going to bring back Natalie or Derek. They’re gone forever. Losing Natalie is so devastating, and of course, it was over hearsay. We found out during the trial there was really no reason they did what they did. Thirty years isn’t enough. There isn’t an amount of time, but 30 years is definitely not enough. Two precious kids had so many dreams and goals ahead of them. They had no idea what was going to happen to them. I think about the terrifying moments they went through before they were taken. Natalie was young. She put on a smile but beneath that smile was a scared and sometimes insecure person. She was coming up, and I just know she’s was probably terrified as she drove hit to her doom. Derek was Natalie’s true friend.” Natalie’s mother said.
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