Carson City man gets 25 years in California murder

Anthony Thomas Garcia

Anthony Thomas Garcia

A 63-year-old Carson City man was sentenced in May to 25 years to life in prison for killing a Newport Beach, Calif., man.
The Los Angeles Times reported Anthony Thomas Garcia was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder on March 30, 2021.
He was convicted of killing 81-year-old Abelardo Lopez Estacion on April 11, 2015.
Estacion was found dead in his Newport Beach bedroom by his live-in caretaker. He had been strangled.
At the time of his death, Estacion had been arguing with members of his wife’s family over her assets, which included valuable real estate in several Orange County cities along with bank accounts. Estacion and Dortha Lamb had dated for more than 20 years but had only recently been married. Garcia is the former boyfriend of Lamb’s granddaughter and he is the father of two of Lamb’s great-granddaughters.
Lamb was dying from terminal cancer and suffered from dementia at the time of her husband’s murder.
Lamb’s family members accused Estacion of capitalizing on his wife’s health issues in order to take control of her assets.
The day of Estacion’s murder Lamb’s family had asked a judge to grant a temporary restraining order against Estacion and force him to move out of the Newport Beach home. The judge denied the request.
Hours later, Estacion was strangled to death in his bedroom.
“The entire prosecution team worked tirelessly to ensure the family of Abby Lopez received justice and I could not be prouder of the work they did,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “This is a tragic case of how a family squabble over money and property crossed the line into murder. I want to thank the jurors for their careful consideration of the evidence and returning a guilty verdict that will keep a coldblooded killer behind bars for a very long time.”

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