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Councilman's Killer Learns Sentence



    Councilman's Killer Learns Sentence
    Scott Sullivan
    Matt Garcia's birthday is celebrated after he passed away. Photo:

     A Solano County judge has sentenced a man convicted of  killing Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia to 50 years to life in prison.

    Several of Garcia's family members and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price  addressed the defendant, Henry Don Williams, in the Vallejo courtroom of  Judge Robert Bowers at an emotional hearing that lasted about an hour.

    "You are exactly the kind of broken people my son wanted to help,"  Garcia's mother Teresa Courtemanche told Williams.

    "You did not kill his spirit," she said. "You are not capable of  doing that."

    Garcia, 22, was shot once in the back of the head outside a  friend's home on Silverado Drive in Cordelia at about 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 1,  2008.

    Prosecutors alleged in the trial that Williams, 33, and his  co-defendant, 46-year-old Gene Combs of Suisun City, targeted Garcia after  mistaking him for a drug dealer who owed Combs $50.

     A Solano County jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder on  May 28.

    Williams addressed Garcia's family in court this morning.

     "Words cannot express how I feel now for the loss of your son,"  Williams said.

     He said he has a son of his own who will turn 2 at the end of  September.

     "I missed his birth, his first bath and his first words, and  everything I wanted to provide for him," Williams said.

    Combs, who was tried separately, was convicted of second-degree  murder on June 3. His sentencing was postponed this morning until Sept. 27.

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