KMSP - The Washington County judge, Ellen Maas, said she didn’t get any sleep the night before the sentencing. Maas handed down the sentence of 19-year-old Bailey Garcia Friday, sentencing him to 27-years in prison for the shooting of the Roseville man, David Frigaard.
46-year-old owner of Frigaard bar was shot in the chest, back in January, while sitting in his truck after closing his tavern in Mahtomedi. Garcia told authorities that he was upset and had been drinking when he shot at Frigaard’s truck.
“Ever since Bailey was little he's seen black shadows and has struggled with depression and anxiety,” said Garcia’s father. “He tried to kill himself and now he has to grapple with the reality that he actually killed someone.”
Garcia pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder to the drive-by shooting in May.
The prosecution argued that Garcia had knowledge of what he was doing, and he should get the maximum sentence. Garcia's defense lawyers had him evaluated by their own experts and determined that his mental condition didn't cause him to reach that level. That's when the defense pled guilty.
“The judge gave him his sentence and that's what she felt fair and we stand by her,” Garcia’s father told Fox 9. “She had a difficult job and we said from the very beginning we're going to put this in God's hands and we did, and this is the outcome so we will live with this outcome.”
Frigaard was also an art teacher at Park High School in Cottage Grove, and was very popular with all of his students.
Garcia told Frigaard's family he's been attending bible study and A-A meetings in jail, and hopes to make something of his life that would make Dave Frigaard proud.