John Kevin McVoy Jr., 40, of Corona, California, is set to serve 35 years to life over the death of Susan Garcia, whom he shot in 2017 along with her husband, Victor Garcia.
Why is the relevant?
Because the argument that resulted in a murder was over the 2016 Presidential elections, in which Hillary lost.
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According to the Long Beach, California, Press-Telegram, “McVoy and Victor Garcia played in a garage band together. McVoy had visited the Garcias’ home in North Long Beach on Jan. 10, 2017, for band practice when Victor Garcia asked him whom he had voted for in the general election. After McVoy said he’d voted for Clinton, Garcia told McVoy to leave his house.”
It was at this point when McVoy took out a pistol and shot Garcia in the head.
“Prosecutor Irene Lee told jurors Garcia then turned and shot Susan Garcia. Lee characterized both shootings as “kill shots.”
However, defense attorney Ninaz Saffari told jurors McVoy shot Victor Garcia after Garcia picked up a can opener, which McVoy may have thought was a knife.
“Saffari said Susan Garcia was shot as McVoy and another band member who was present struggled for control of the gun,” the Press-Telegram reported.
“Susan Garcia was holding the couple’s 2-year-old child at the time, but the child was not injured. Victor Garcia was in a coma for months and underwent two brain surgeries.”
McVoy pleaded self-defense, but the jury and judge clearly disagreed.
“There’s no reason to be pointing a gun,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Laesekce said at the Dec. 27 sentencing. “Mr. Garcia should not bear the weight of this crime.”
I can’t speak to the heart of this clearly troubled individual, but this incident is certainly concerning in light of recent cultural trends in the years since the 2016 election.