Prosecutors pleased with conviction in trooper slaying case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Prosecutors pleased with conviction in trooper slaying case

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say they are pleased with the verdict in the trial of a young Texas man convicted in the slaying of a state trooper.

Orlando Garcia, 20, was found guilty Thursday of facilitation of first-degree murder --- a lesser charge --- in the shooting death of Trooper Calvin Jenks, 24.

Garcia --- who was tried for first-degree murder --- told the jury Jenks was shot by an accomplice, Chevo Gauna, 18, who is scheduled for trial in April.

Garcia will be sentenced Jan. 18 and faces a prison term of 15 to 25 years.

The trooper was killed when he stopped a car for speeding last January on state Highway 14 in Tipton County north of Memphis.

Jenks, a trooper for two years, transferred from Marshall County to Tipton County in 2006. He and his wife, a medical student in Memphis, were married just four months before he was killed.

Garcia said he and Gauna, both from Austin, Texas, were in Tennessee to sell marijuana.

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