Q: What happened in the case where a woman was kidnapped at an Indian casino? I forgot the casino and the man who committed the crime.
A: You may be thinking of the case of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who was last seen on surveillance video leaving the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln with a man who is believed have killed her, although her body has not been found.
A jury in 2007 convicted Mario Flavio Garcia of first-degree murder in Wilson’s death, and he was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison.
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According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Garcia and Wilson were seen gambling together at the casino the night of Oct. 4, 2005, and surveillance cameras showed them walking toward the parking lot at 1:15 a.m. Oct. 5.
Placer County sheriff’s detectives arrested Garcia after finding hair follicles with Wilson’s DNA in and on his car. Later, tiny blood spots matching Wilson’s DNA were found on a back seat.
Garcia’s trial was moved to Sacramento County after the defense argued that he could not receive a fair trial in Placer County, where the case originated. The California Supreme Court in 2009 denied Garcia’s petition for a review of his trial.
Now 63 years old, Garcia is at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.