Sentencing set in Los Gatos murder-for-hire case

December 21, 2011 8:48:54 AM PST
The man accused of masterminding a Los Gatos murder-for-hire plot is set to be sentenced.

The sentencing hearing for Paul Garcia in the 2008 shooting death of 53-year-old Mark Achilli is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

But Garcia's lawyer, Ed Sousa, tells the San Jose Mercury News he plans to file a motion seeking a new trial for his client. Sentencing is expected to proceed as scheduled if the judge rejects that motion.

Garcia was convicted of first-degree murder in October in the death of Achilli, a local restaurateur who was shot in broad daylight outside his Los Gatos town house.

Authorities say Garcia paid to have Achilli killed because he was obsessed with a woman Achilli was dating.

Two other men, Miguel Chaidez and the alleged shooter, Lucio Estrada, were also convicted in the case.

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