Judge hands down life sentence to woman convicted of 2022 murder

Published on July 10, 2024

Mary Alicia Garcia Mugshot

GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley woman was sentenced to the rest of her natural life in prison Wednesday after a jury convicted her of murdering a woman in November of 2022.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted 28-year-old Mary Alicia Garcia of murder in the first degree for killing 21-year-old Herminia Marquez in 2022.

“Minnie was a bright and loving woman with a heart full of dreams and aspirations,” the victim’s father said during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. “The pain of losing a child is a burden no parent should ever have to bear. The grief we feel is overwhelming.”

On November 28, 2022, Greeley officers responded to a shooting in the 1100 block of 24th Street Lane.

When officers arrived on scene, they located Marquez, who appeared to be shot. She was later pronounced dead. 

“The pain and devastation that has consumed me since that day is beyond words,” the victim’s mother said. “Life will never be the same because a part of my heart died that day. Losing her has left a void that nothing can fill.”

Greeley officers arrested Garcia for the murder in January of 2023 . She was on parole at the time of the fatal shooting.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea prosecuted this case.

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