A key witness in a beating-for-hire case that turned deadly is set to be formally sentenced on Feb. 4 for her involvement in the case.
Christine Lee Garner, 25, of Ceres was originally set to appear for her sentencing Tuesday, but the hearing was rescheduled for February. She was one of several people involved in two separate attacks on Victor Hugo Sanchez, 37, who was shot and killed during the second attack outside his Paso Robles residence. Garner has pleaded no contest to robbery, conspiracy and accessory after the fact.
The District Attorneys Office alleges that Maria del Carmen Granados Fajardo, 50, of Paso Robles, hired several people, including Garner, to beat up Sanchez, her ex-lover. Fajardo, charged with murder, is set to appear again for a pretrial hearing Nov. 5.
Garner, who allegedly knew of both plots but only participated in the first, is expected to receive an eight-year-prison term. But she will likely be called to testify in the murder trial first.
Fajardo has pleaded not guilty.