Man sentenced to life in prison for killing, burning co-worker's body

Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia convicted in June 2018 death of Jared Vargas

SAN ANTONIO – A man who was found guilty of killing his co-worker and setting his body on fire inside an apartment was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

A judge sentenced Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia in connection with the slaying of Jared Vargas in June 2018.

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Vargas' body was found inside a burning apartment in the 7900 block of Jones Maltsberger Road.

Family members of the victim said the two men had worked together.

A KSAT 12 Defenders investigation revealed that Esquivel-Garcia had been in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement twice before the slaying but was released both times.

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