Biloxi man pleads guilty to killing three people during robbery of a Hinds County business

A Biloxi man pleaded guilty Thursday to discharging a firearm during the commission of a robbery that killed three people.

U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the FBI in Mississippi made the announcement in a press release.

Joshua Michael Garcia, 42, and co-defendant Jamison Layne Townsend went to Bill’s Coin & Jewelry in Hinds County on December 17, 2016, to rob the business using a firearm, according to court documents. During the robbery, Garcia shot and killed three employees of the business.

He was charged with three counts of capital murder and armed robbery. All four charges were federal felony counts.

Garcia pleaded guilty to discharging the firearm that resulted in the murder of three persons during the commission of a robbery.  He will be sentenced on March 22, 2022, at 9 a.m. in Jackson. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He also faces two charges including escape in Madison County Circuit Court.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jackson Police Department with help from Geary County, Kansas Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Gulfport Police Department, and the Biloxi Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk.

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