ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man accused of murdering and decapitating a homeless woman in 2017 received his sentence in court on Friday morning, August 18. Andrew Garcia will serve 14 years for the murder of 39-year-old Audra Willis of To’hajiilee.
Willis’s body was found stabbed and decapitated near a ditch in the Four Hills area in December 2017. The death of Willis sparked concern among homeless advocates and Native American communities.
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The case was cold for a year and a half until a ten-year-old told a school counselor that he had witnessed the murder. Garcia was arrested in June 2019 for first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in April 2023.
Under the plea deal, Garcia was facing a sentence of up to 18 years. In court on Friday, Judge Bruce Fox suspended four of those years for a sentence of 14 years, followed by probation.