4th defendant sentenced to 100 years for 2017 double homicide

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Roger Garcia is the fourth defendant in the June 5, 2017 homicide of Artem Ziberov and Shadi Najjar

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Roger Garcia, the fourth and last defendant in a 2017 double homicide case of two Montgomery County high school students, was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday. This is the maximum sentence.

Garcia, 22, is one of four men who killed teenagers Artem Ziberov and Shadi Najjar on June 5, 2017. The victims were fatally shot just one day before they were set to graduate from Northwest High School in Montgomery County.

“The pain and suffering for the living ones, that will never end. They said after time, time will heal. I will tell you that time will never heal,” said Adi Najjar, Shadi’s father.

The four convicted in the case fired 30 rounds in seven seconds during the encounter with the two teens in Montgomery Village.

Artem Ziberov

The 100-year sentence will run consecutively and is broken down as follows:

  • 30 years for the 2nd-degree murder of Artem Ziberov
  • 30 years for the murder of Shadi Najjar
  • 20 years for use of a handgun
  • 20 years for use of a handgun

The other three suspects have been sentenced. The latest man sentenced was Edgar Garcia-Gaona, who is serving life in prison, a Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge ruled on Jan. 24, 2019.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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