Accomplice in Violent Crime Spree Takes Plea Deal

Philip Hernandez and Cindy Garcia were accused of a series of violent crimes, including shooting an off-duty cop

The teenage accused accomplice in a violent crime spree across San Diego County will likely spend 10 years in prison.

Cindy Garcia, 19, accepted a plea deal on Thursday. Garcia pleaded guilty to carjacking, use of a firearm and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic weapon, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

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She will spend 10 years in prison under the plea bargain, the DA’s office said.

Garcia and her companion Philip Hernandez were accused in a series of violent crimes including two shootings, three robberies and the burning of three vehicles. One of the shooting victims was an off-duty San Diego police officer.

Hernandez, a former firefighter, was killed in a shootout with police on Oct. 31, 2012, in Barrio Logan.

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In a jail interview with NBC 7 in 2012, Garcia said she went with Hernandez because they were in love.

The rest of the case was dismissed. Garcia will be sentenced on Nov. 7.

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