POSTED: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 2:35pm
This case stirred nationwide interest as many followed what the court called Lorenzo Garcia's carefully thought-out criminal scheme. Today, many community members thought Garcia's punishment was a simple slap on the wrist.
Several audience members at Lorenzo Garcia's sentencing this morning, let out heavy sighs of frustration and disappointment after Judge David Briones ordered the former EPISD superintendant to 3 1/2 years in federal prison.
Leticia Morales, a former English teacher at Bowie High School, the epicenter of Garcia's plot, delivered a victim impact statement to the court, in which she expressed her devastation by the damage Garcia had done to the education of countless students.
Not only were people unsatisfied with Garcia's prison sentence, they also told us the restitution and fine he was ordered to pay paled in comparison to all the bonuses he had received.
Tami Tafolla, Lorenzo Garcia's ex wife, attended today's sentencing to learn the fate of her estranged husband. She was once an ESL teacher for pre-k through 5th grade minority students and she says her heart goes out to those who were targeted.
An overwhelming number of parents are angry that their kids have been robbed of an education. Gary Gonzalez was one of them.
Garcia was superintendant of El Paso's largest independent school district, serving over 64,000 students. But while he was supposed to be responsible for so many others' kids, he also allegedly neglected his own.