Posted: May 22, 2014 7:22 PM
Updated: May 22, 2014 8:30 PM
EDINBURG - A man charged in a murder-for-hire plot will spend the next two decades behind bars for his part in the killing.
The victim's family was in court to watch Thursday's sentencing of Roel Cantu.
It took police some time to unravel the murder-for-hire plot. What they eventually learned was at least five people planned the murder of husband and father Reyes Garcia.
Prosecutors say Garcia's wife was behind the plot. She enlisted the help of her sister and her sister's boyfriend, Cantu. The three then hired the men who did the actual shooting.
Garcia's mother says Cantu could've stopped the murder.
"He was the one who could've said something if he didn't want it to happen, if he really didn't want it to happen. He could've told my son, he could've told us, he could've told police. They planned this for a long time ... it was months in planning," Mary Garcia said.
Instead, he opened the door to let the killers into Garcia's home.
"He knew the kids were going to be there. He knew what they were going to go through and they have not forgotten. My smallest granddaughter, she was 3 years old, she remembers everything that happened," the mother said.
The defendants' sentences have ranged from 20 years to life in prison.
Cantu is one of the last to be sentenced. A judge on Thursday gave him a 22-year sentence.
Garcia's mother says she's relieved the case is over.
"Nothing's going to ever bring my son back, nothing's going to ever take the pain away, but at least we know that they're going to pay for what they did," she said.