Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced that Javier J. Garcia, age 25, of Nampa, was sentenced on April 17, 2018 by the Honorable Thomas W. Whitney for the felony crime of Aiding and Abetting Aggravated Battery.
Judge Whitney sentenced Garcia to 6 years fixed, followed by 7 years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 13 years in prison. Judge Whitney also ordered Garcia to have no contact with the victim in the case for the duration of the sentence.
Garcia was arrested in August 2017 after an investigation by the Nampa Police Department revealed that he and two other Sureno Mob Trece (SMT) gang members beat up a man at his residence in Nampa, causing numerous injuries including a fractured fibula and tibia. According to police, Garcia and two other SMT gang members showed up to the victim’s house and started pounding on the front door. As soon as the victim opened the door, he was jumped by one of the gang members and thrown to the ground. Garcia and another gang member, 20-year-old Jose Mejia, of Nampa, then began attacking the victim and beating him until they fled the scene. Further investigation revealed that Garcia, Mejia, and the other juvenile gang member were looking for the victim’s relative, who was a member of the rival Norteno gang.
Both the juvenile SMT gang member and Jose Mejia were sentenced earlier this year. The juvenile’s case is sealed, but Mejia was sentenced by the Honorable Gene A. Petty in March for the felony crime of Aggravated Battery with a gang enhancement. He was sentenced to 5 years fixed, followed by 5 years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 10 years in prison.
“There is simply no place for this type of gang activity in our communities, where gang members can beat an innocent man for no apparent reason other than being related to a member of a rival gang,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “Hopefully, this sentence sends a message to all the gang members out there that we will find you and hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”