Latin King gang member gets 10 years

Shot man in Siren during meth-related incident

Becky Strabel | Staff writer

BURNETT COUNTY – Jack Garcia, 43, of Braham, Minn., was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision for first-degree recklessly endangering the safety of a person, a class F felony. He is a known Latin King gang member accused of shooting a man in Siren in a methamphetamine-related crime on July 17, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia is said to have entered the home of a 35-year-old Siren man shortly after the two had smoked methamphetamine. Garcia stood 3 to 4 feet from the victim, pointing a handgun at the man’s head. He shot the man in the leg, taking a fanny pack said to contain a small amount of methamphetamine.

According to the initial criminal complaint, one methamphetamine drug abuser, interviewed as part of the investigation, said of Garcia: “Everyone knows him. He comes up here a lot. He brings lots of stuff.”

Garcia was initially charged with aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, failure-to-appear warrants, injury by negligent use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, theft and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia. Charges dismissed but read in for sentencing included armed robbery, a class C felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a class G felony, theft of movable property, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of methamphetamine, a class I felony.

He will receive jail credit of 457 days; he is not eligible for boot camp but is eligible for substance abuse programming. On extended supervision, Garcia must have no contact with the victims and maintain absolute sobriety. He must also submit a DNA sample and pay all charges, fees and costs. The district attorney has 30 days to determine restitution.