28-Year-Old Murder Case is Finally Over

Rafael "Shorty" Garcia Sentenced to Life in Prison

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - A case that has waited on justice for almost 28 years finally ended on Friday, September 8. Rafael "Shorty" Aguilar Garcia was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Charles Porter, and has been sentenced to life in prison.

"We were finally able to give the victims some closure, some justice after 28 years. That's the longest, the oldest case I can remember prosecuting or having this office be a part of," said District Attorney Dan Rubinstein. Since the crime occurred in 1989, Garcia will be eligible for parole in 40 calendar years. More information on the history of this case can be found here.

Not only is our district attorney happy to have this case finally closed, so is Garcia's ex-wife, Josephine Pacheco. "I didn't think I'd live to see this day, but I have. And it brings peace to me," said Pacheco.

The judge gave Garcia credit for the time he served in Mesa County awaiting his trial, but not for the time he served in Mexico.

The district attorney also wanted to thank all of the retired law enforcement officials who came back to Mesa County to share their story of what happened that July 4th all those years ago.

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