Former cop pleads guilty, sentenced to 10 years for fatal DUI crash

“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.”

2 comments

  • Sunny

    I understand both parents are upset, but I believe ten years in prison is enough…he has to live with that every day for the rest of his life and stripped of his police powers, plus he is going to prison….a former cop….going to prison…ten years is more than enough…he didnt set out to kill them but he did male a reckless careless stupid mistake. I hope both families start the healing process.

  • marbles

    If it were anyone else but a cop they would have received a much harsher sentence than 10 years! Why do people think that these cops lives are more important than anyone else. That’s why my heart doesn’t bleed when they are on the wrong side of the gun. This idiot probably won’t serve but a year or so in prison (under protective care) and be back out on the streets!! Sad and a shame. My condolences to the families.

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