June 11, 2019 -Springfield- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the 2011 First Degree Murder conviction of Jesus Garcia has been upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after its automatic review process.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “We are pleased that the Court’s review is over and the verdict and sentence stands unchanged. While Jesus Garcia will remain in prison for the rest of his life, the victim’s family will still suffer the loss of their loved one.” D.A. Gulluni went on to say, “I would like to thank my office’s Chief of Appeals Kate McMahon for her great work in this process and ADA James Forsyth for his quality trial work, which has now withstood the Supreme Judicial Court’s mandatory review.”
Jesus Garcia was convicted of first degree murder in 2011 for the fatal stabbing of Valerie Girouard on July 10, 2010 in Hampden. Garcia broke into the home several days before and held a knife to the neck of Mariah Girouard, Valerie’s daughter. He again broke into the house on the night of July 10th, Valerie Girouard came from her bedroom to protect her daughter when Garcia fatally attacked her.
Attached is the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling.