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January 3, 2014

Guilty plea entered in 2012 stabbing death

Garcia pleads to manslaughter

COMMERCE — A Commerce woman entered a plea of guilty Thursday to a charge filed in connection with the November 2012 stabbing death of a Greenville man.

Myeisha Simone Garcia, 21, had previously pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection with the death of Jamal Stanton.

Garcia entered an open pleas of guilty during a hearing in the 354th District Court Thursday to manslaughter, count two of the indictment which was returned by the Hunt County grand jury in February 2013.

An open plea means no plea bargain agreement had been arranged in the cases and that Garcia is subject to the full range of punishment.

Judge Richard A. Beacom accepted the plea, ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled a sentencing hearing for Feb. 6.

Garcia was alleged in the murder count to have knowingly and intentionally stabbed Stanton with a knife on Nov. 28, 2012, or acted with the intent to cause Stanton serious bodily injury, which resulted in the victim’s death.

The manslaughter count alleged Garcia acted recklessly in attacking Stanton with the knife, causing his death.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from two to 20 years in prison.

Garcia was also facing trial on a separate and unrelated charge of assault against a public servant. Garcia was alleged to have hit and kicked a Commerce Police Department officer who was attempting to arrest her on July 18, 2012.

No action was taken Thursday concerning the assault indictment.

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