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Kenosha jury convicts Javier Garcia of killing woman, dumping body in cemetary

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - A jury in Kenosha only needed an hour Monday to decide that a man was guilty of killing a woman and leaving her body in a cemetery.

53-year-old Javier Garcia will be sentenced April 21st after jurors convicted him on all five charges against him -- homicide, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated battery, and theft.

Prosecutors said Garcia was the last person seen with 26-year-old Lisa Mezera before her body was found by a police officer passing near a cemetery. That was in August of 2012 in the Kenosha County town of Somers.

Mezera died from strangulation, and officials said she was also beaten in the head.

The homicide conviction carries a life prison sentence, but the judge can order a release date for a possible supervised release.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)