“I’m not happy, I’m not happy.”
They feel their cries for a longer sentence against the former North Chicago officer who killed their sons in a drunk-driving crash were ignored. The mothers of 25-year-old Joaquin Garcia and 27-year-old Fabian Torres were left angry and outraged after Terrell Garret was sentenced to ten years in prison.
“He’s a police officer…with ten years.”
Garrett pled guilty to three felony counts of aggravated DUI. Garrett was celebrating his 35th birthday in March of last year when he drove northbound in the southbound lanes. Near Belmont Harbor he crashed into a SUV with Garcia and Torres inside.
Garret also injured a woman in another car. His blood alcohol content was .184, more than twice the legal limit. In court, he offered this apology to the families of the victims.
“There was no intent behind this, if I could do it over again, if I could give my life for theirs, I would”
Maria Torres left the courtroom during the apology, afterwards she dismissed its sincerity.
“I think it was….not him.”
While one mother remains heartbroken, Cecilia Garcia says she is finally at peace with the loss of her son.
“I have to forgive…to go on with life.”