23 year old Bryan Nicholas Garcia pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of destruction of a graveyard after he was found attempting to dig up the body of a 12 year old girl. He admitted to having seen the girl’s picture in the local obituary and thought she was cute so he wanted to dig her up and “take her home and have fun.”

His defense lawyer, John Rhea, said that two psychiatric evaluations found that Garcia has a chemical imbalance in his head that makes him want to have sex with children and corpses. Circuit Judge John Hayes passed a sentence of 20 years in prison for Garcia and has ordered him to also register as a sex offender. Rhea said that Garcia has not yet decided if he is going to appeal his sentence.

When officers reported to the scene they did a search of Garcia’s car and found black plastic bag, shovels, a pickax and other digging tools and a three foot hole in the girl’s grave. Garcia admitted that he had been digging at the grave but was unable to find the girl’s body despite two attempts. He also told the family of the girl “I apologize to anyone I’ve hurt with my actions.”

Clover man gets 20 years for trying to dig up girl’s grave (The State)

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