(KRON) — The person who was convicted of killing a Fairfield teen in an American Canyon Safeway parking zone has been sentenced to life in jail with out parole, the Napa County District Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Friday. Christopher “Roly” Younger, 26, of Martinez, was confirmed responsible of killing Nathan Gabriel Garza, 18, on August 16, 2020.
The DA mentioned that Garza was finishing curbside supply orders on the grocery retailer when he was shot twice within the again by Younger.
Younger sped off in a Cadillac sedan that he was driving whereas he shot Garza, per the DA’s workplace. He deserted the automobile on Cattail Drive and was arrested by Napa County Sheriff’s deputies after he reportedly hopped fences and went into backyards of neighboring properties.
A number of of Garza’s family and friends had been in court docket on Friday when Younger was sentenced.
“My world, my household, my very being was shattered when Nathan was taken from us,” mentioned his mom, Tracy Garza. “It has taken nearly three years for the justice system, the honorable women and men in regulation enforcement and the Napa County District Lawyer’s Workplace, and a panel of courageous and devoted jurors to seek out Christopher Younger responsible of all prices.”
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Garza was a latest graduate of Rodriguez Excessive Faculty when he was killed. He was working a summer season job on the Safeway earlier than he was set to check at Diablo Valley Faculty, the DA mentioned.
Garza was “ambushed” by Younger, and the 2 didn’t know one another, per the DA’s workplace.
Younger was convicted of first-degree homicide, taking pictures from a motorized vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and giving false data to a police officer by a Napa jury on Might 11, 2023. The jury additionally selected particular circumstances of personally and deliberately discharging a firearm, firing a weapon from a automobile with the intent to inflict dying and mendacity in wait.
Along with Younger’s jail sentence, the DA ordered restitution to be paid to Nathan’s family members.