Sentencing for woman charged in beating-for-hire case is postponed

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comOctober 23, 2013 

Christine Lee Garner stands with her lawyer Trevor Creel in July as she accepts a plea deal in the assault and robbery of Victor Hugo Sanchez, who was later murdered outside his Paso Robles home.

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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 Attorney’s 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.

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