January 20, 2020
Clockwise from top left: Rony Galicia, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Roger Garcia and Jose Canales-Yanez.
The two students should have known they were walking into a trap.
These bean people literally requested to meet them in a “darkened cul-de-sac.”
The fourth and final defendant accused of gunning down two Maryland teenagers on the eve of their high school graduation was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday, concluding a long-running case that the presiding judge has said sent “a shock wave” through Montgomery County.
Roger Garcia, 22, showed little emotion as Circuit Judge David Boynton imposed the term.
“They massacred two boys,” said Boynton, adding that Garcia played a key role in the murders by using social media to draw the teens into an ambush. “He’s the one that set up this lure.”
Under Maryland rules, Garcia will be eligible for possible release in about 50 years.
Garcia and the three others used Snapchat to feign interest in buying an extra graduation ceremony ticket that one of the victims, Shadi Najjar, 17, was looking to sell on the night of June 5, 2017.
Najjar followed Garcia’s guidance to Gallery Court, a darkened cul-de-sac in Montgomery Village, pulling over along the street with his friend, Artem Ziberov, 18, in the passenger seat.
The gunmen, inside their own car, eased by the Honda unnoticed, according to court proceedings, before driving to the end of the cul-de-sac and circling back up to the Honda before getting out.
They fired at least 30 gunshots at the teens in seven seconds — the sounds recorded by a nearby residential alarm system that was played in the trials.
Artem Ziberov. The other victim was some kind of haji.