CROWN POINT | Rather than risk having a perjury charge added, Tammy Garcia pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping her mother move her murdered father's body.
Garcia, 47, may not be living in her parent's Hobart house after Nov. 22. That's the day she'll be sentenced for the part she played in her mother's scheme to get rid of Cipriano Garcia. But she will continue receiving her father's pension and Social Security benefits.
Tammy Garcia faces a maximum prison sentence of three years.
A jury found Barbara Garcia, 63, guilty of murder Oct. 4. Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez is scheduled to sentence her Nov. 15.
Tammy Garcia testified at her mother's trial, admitting she spent three days helping her mother haul her father's body into the garage and onto the bed of his pickup truck between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3, 2003.
She said she came back from an anniversary party Oct. 30 to find her father's body wrapped in a rug. Tammy Garcia told jurors she tried to talk her mother into calling the police, but Barbara Garcia wouldn't because she said she needed his monthly checks.
The jury believed Barbara Garcia's four confessions to police that while her daughter was at the party, she laced her husband's coffee with her prescription medicines to make him sleepy. After he dozed off, Barbara Garcia gave him insulin shots until she could no longer feel a pulse.
She told police she killed her husband to hide gambling debts.
On Wednesday, Tammy Garcia told Vasquez she knew her father was dead because his feet, which were sticking out of the rug, were discolored.
Barbara Garcia insisted in her confessions to police and during her trial testimony that she alone drove the pickup truck to Illinois to dump her husband's body in a pond on Sauk Trail. She said it was raining and she couldn't roll the body all the way down the embankment and into the water.
Barbara Garcia told jurors she wanted to put her husband in the water to give him the Viking funeral he always wanted.