San Antonio man sentenced to 18 years for killing his stepfather

Jarren Garcia was sentenced for killing Mark Ramos

Two key witnesses in murder trial give inconsistent testimony

A San Antonio man is sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally shooting his stepfather last year.

The verdict was reached Friday afternoon after 20-year-old Jarren Garcia was found guilty of murder.

Garcia was charged for the fatal shooting of Mark Ramos in March 2021. Ramos and his wife were arguing when Garcia intervened and shot Ramos several times.

Garcia’s lawyers argued during the trial that the shooting was an act of self-defense and that he was forced to defend his mother, who had a history of being abused by Ramos.

Prosecutors argued that on the night of the shooting, Ramos did not have a weapon on him and he was shot six times inside and outside of the home.

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