Garces found guilty of kidnapping, rape


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According to District Attorney Ken Darby, after more than two and a half hours of deliberation July 1, a Harmon County jury found Mario Garces Jr., 47, guilty of one count of kidnapping and three counts of first degree rape.

The jury recommended sentences of 17 years confinement on the kidnapping charge, 21 years confinement on each count of rape and fines totaling $35,000, according to Darby.

According to a 2015 affidavit, Garces allegedly lured a Hollis woman to a rural location Aug. 22, 2015, where he was accused of using duct tape to bind her wrists, blindfold her and wrap her up in a blanket.

The report accused him of transporting the victim to a residence in Hollis where he allegedly kept her captive until Aug. 24 and during the two-day period allegedly assaulted and raped the victim several times.

Formal sentencing is scheduled before Judge Eric Yarborough 9:30 a.m. Aug. 8.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Jacobsma prosecuted the case and defense attorney Jeff Wolfenbarger represented the defendant, according to a press release.

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