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UPDATE: Kenosha man sentenced to life for 2012 homicide

Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 9:48 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Kenosha man convicted of strangling a woman and leaving her body in a cemetery in 2012 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Kenosha News report (http://bit.ly/1f0s01c ) says 53-year-old Javier Garcia was sentenced Monday afternoon. He continued to maintain his innocence, saying he did not kill Lisa Mezera.

A jury convicted him in February after DNA evidence linked Garcia to the victim.

He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Judge Mary Kay Wagner had the option of allowing the possibility of parole but she didn't, citing Garcia's lack of remorse.

The 26-year-old Mezera was found fatally beaten and partially clothed. Her family told the judge they continue to struggle for answers.

Defense attorney Terry Rose says he intends to appeal.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.


UPDATED Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 9:17 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A jury in Kenosha County has convicted a man of beating and strangling a 26-year-old woman and leaving her body in a Somers cemetery.

Javier Garcia was the last person seen with Lisa Marie Mezera before her body was discovered in the B'nai Zedek Cemetery in August 2012. The Kenosha News reports jurors deliberated about an hour before returning with guilty verdicts for first-degree intentional homicide and four other charges Monday.

The homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, but the sentencing judge can set a date for which the 52-year-old convict would be eligible for supervised release.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.


Posted Friday, October 12, 2012 --- 7:10 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Bond of $1 million cash has been set for a Kenosha man accused of beating and strangling a co-worker and leaving her body in a cemetery.

Lisa Marie Mezera was found dead in a Somers cemetery Aug. 19. A criminal complaint says a man she worked with was the last person seen with 26-year-old victim and that DNA evidence ties him to the fatal attack.

Fifty-two-year-old Javier Garcia was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide. Garcia's attorney, Matthew Perz, says the case is highly circumstantial.

The Kenosha News (http://tinyurl.com/8k2aolw ) reports the complaint says Garcia admitted picking up Mezera at her house, but said she was so intoxicated they only drove around for about 30 minutes before she got out of the vehicle at an intersection.


Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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