Dec 13, 2017
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
The Prosecution and Conviction of Antolin Garcia-Torres for the Kidnap and Murder of Sierra LaMar

Sierra Mae LaMar was last seen at approximately 6:00 a.m. on March 16, 2012, in the area of Santa Teresa Avenue and Dougherty Avenue in Morgan Hill, California. At that time, Ms. LaMar, who was a 15 year old student at Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill, was preparing to leave her home on foot on her way to catch the bus to school. Sierra never made it to the bus or school that morning and has not been heard from since that time.  Despite her body not being found, Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested and charged with the kidnap and murder of Sierra LaMar.  Mr. Garcia-Torres was also charged with trying to kidnap three women in the parking lots of two Morgan Hill Safeway stores in three separate incidents dating back to 2009.  On May 9, 2017, Antolin Garcia-Torres was convicted on all four counts.  Although the prosecution requested the death penalty in this case, on June 5, 2017, the same jury that convicted Mr. Garcia-Torres recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.