"The worst year of my life”

"The worst year of my life”

"The worst year of my life”

Omar Garcia admitted various probation violations including use of controlled substances. It was not his first failure to respond to efforts by Humboldt County Sixth Judicial District Court to help him change his direction.

Garcia was given the opportunity for drug court. When he was not successful at following drug court requirements, he was sent to boot camp. He did not succeed there either. At his previous appearance in court, Judge Michael Montero told him if he failed again he was going to prison.

This was that next time.

When Garcia spoke to the judge he sounded resigned.

“At this point, there's not much I can say; drug court and probation kept pulling me back from the things I want to do,” he said. “I just want to do my time and get it over with and just go back to work and be the man that I can be. This has been the worst year of my life. I've spent more time in jail than with my family. I am embarrassed.”

The judge sounded resigned too. “It's been a long road,” Montero said. “The ones I really struggle for are your parents. At your age, I had hoped to find a way. With much sympathy to your family, I revoke your probation and sentence you.”

Garcia's original prison sentence was 19-48 months. He will receive credit for 271 days already served.