ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Brianna Garcia, the woman accused of setting up an armed robbery that led to a murder and pulling a gun during multiple shoplifting incidents pled guilty in court Thursday. Garcia was charged with second-degree murder, multiple counts of shoplifting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and firing at or from a vehicle.
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In January 2022, Garcia is accused of setting up a drug deal at an apartment on Louisiana near Lomas where Anjel Varela was shot and killed. She pled guilty to second-degree murder in that case. “The defendant was angry that a previous day Mr. Varela had sold her what she believed was bad heroin,” said Bernalillo County Assistant District Attorney Christine Jablonsky.
In February 2022, Garcia fired six shots while trying to get away after she shoplifted from the Walmart Neighborhood Market near San Mateo and I-40. No one was hurt but bullet holes were left in the pillars at the front entrance just missing innocent shoppers. No one was hurt but bullet holes were left in the pillars at the front entrance just missing innocent shoppers.
Garcia will be sentenced on December 6. Time was added to her plea agreement because of the firearms used in the shoplifting crimes. As part of the plea deal, Garcia will have to serve 85% of the 30-year sentence which is about 25 years. She has agreed to testify against co-conspirators in cases she pled to as well.