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QUESTION: Back in the '80s, a woman I worked with was strangled by her boyfriend's son. He then stole her black Pontiac Trans Am with the license plate "JERI" and fled the state. I believe the killing occurred somewhere in Sacramento County at her boyfriend's home. What happened with that case? Did they ever catch him?
Submitted by: GT, Roseville
ANSWER: Paul Garcia was convicted of the May 1993 beating and strangulation death of his father's girlfriend, 38-year-old Geraldine Marie Fisher, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The woman's body was found stuffed in a closet of the home she shared with Garcia and his father in the 7000 block of Heather Tree Way in North Highlands.
According to stories in The Bee, a Sacramento County jury found that Garcia murdered Fisher in the course of robbing her. He reportedly had an ongoing feud with Fisher and his father over his habit of not cleaning up after himself, and he had argued with this father about the matter the morning of the killing.
The prosecutor said Fisher stumbled upon Garcia and an accomplice, Jeremy Lee Schooley, as they were trashing the home.
Garcia and Schooley eventually turned themselves in to police.
A jury was unable to reach a verdict on a murder charge against Schooley but convicted him of stealing Fisher's car, which was used in an out-of-state spending spree. Schooley was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.
Garcia, now 39 years old, is at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.
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