AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin murder suspect was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.
Christopher Garcia, 19, was arrested in 2021 on a first-degree felony homicide charge after police said he fatally stabbed a 29-year-old in east Austin.
Garcia pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday, according to Travis County online records.
According to the Austin Police Department, Garcia fatally stabbed Misael Sanchez in a fight the evening of Feb. 16, 2021 at Cameron Road and McKie Drive, just south of U.S. Highway 183.
Sanchez died at the scene, and witnesses say Garcia drove away.
A trail of texts, social media messages, eye-witness accounts, and a recorded phone call led Austin police to Garcia.
According to an affidavit for his arrest, Garcia and Sanchez were arguing over synthetic marijuana, then began fighting. During a phone call with his mother, Garcia reportedly recounted the fight and said he eventually ran toward Sanchez and stabbed him at least twice.