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For Immediate Release

Man Sentenced In 2003 Santa Rosa Killing

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 12, 2016  –  District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Ruben Manuel Muniz, 37 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to nine years in state prison yesterday for the unlawful killing of a Santa Rosa man.  This sentence was the result of a plea negotiation in which Muniz pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted that he personally used a firearm in the 2003 killing of Danny Christian Garcia. 

Judge Patrick Broderick announced the sentence after an emotional sentencing hearing in which numerous members of the victim’s family attended.  On a day that several family members thought would never come, family members were able to finally address the victim’s killer and express the impact this tragic incident had on their lives.     

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “While the passage of so much time presented challenges with the prosecution of this case, I am pleased that we have been able to achieve some measure of accountability and justice in this case.”   

Muniz and the victim, Danny Christian Garcia, a 30 year-old Santa Rosa resident, were reportedly good friends.  During a night filled with drinking and driving around Santa Rosa, Muniz and the victim got into a verbal argument.  They subsequently stopped their car at West 3rd Street and Malibu Circle, got out, and continued to argue on the sidewalk.  During the argument, Muniz shot Garcia in the head at close range with a short-barreled shotgun.  Muniz drove away from the scene leaving victim to die on the sidewalk.

The Santa Rosa Police Department was the primary investigating agency, assisted by the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Robert J. Waner.


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