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QUESTION: What ever happened to the man accused of killing a young woman he met at Thunder Valley Casino? He was seen leaving the casino with her, but she never made it to her car. What ever happened in the case and did they ever find her body?.
Submitted by: Localresidentlinda, Sacramento
ANSWER: The body of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who disappeared from the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln on Oct. 5, 2005, has not been found.
A jury, however, was convinced that Mario Flavio Garcia killed her and convicted him of first-degree murder in 2007. He was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison and is incarcerated at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
According to stories in The Bee, Garcia and Wilson were seen gambling together at Thunder Valley Casino the night of Oct. 4, 2005, and surveillance cameras showed them walking toward the parking lot at 1:15 a.m. Oct. 5.
Placer County Sheriff's detectives arrested Garcia after finding hair follicles with Wilson's DNA in and on his car. Later, tiny blood spots matching Wilson's DNA were found on a back seat.
Garcia's trial was moved to Sacramento County after the defense argued that he could not receive a fair trial in Placer County, where the case originated.
The California Supreme Court in 2009 denied Garcia's petition for review of his trial..
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