KENOSHA — A
Kenosha man convicted of strangling a woman in 2012 and leaving
her body in a cemetery was sentenced to life in prison, and a
judge denied the possibility of parole after the man continued to
insist he was innocent.
Before Judge Mary
Kay Wagner handed down the sentence Monday, she asked Javier
Garcia if he had anything to say.
"I did not
kill Lisa Mezera," Garcia replied. "That's all I got to
A jury concluded
otherwise in February, after DNA evidence linked Garcia, 53, to
the 26-year-old victim. He was convicted of first-degree
intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
Wagner had the option of allowing the possibility of parole but
she didn't, citing Garcia's lack of remorse, the Kenosha News
Mezera was found
fatally beaten and partially clothed in August 2012, one day after
she left her father's house with Garcia. Her family told the judge
even though nearly two years have passed, they continue to
struggle for answers.
has been found guilty of the most heinous crime I could ever think
of, killing another person," said Ron Mezera, the victim's
father. "And for what? I don't know."
attorney, Terry Rose, made no pleas for mercy for his client. He
repeated that Garcia is not guilty and that he intends to appeal.