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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Garza, Joe Franco
TDCJ Number 999354
Date of Birth 8/21/1971
Date Received 4/18/2000
Age (when Received) 28
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 9 years
Date of Offense 12/31/1998
  Age (at the time of Offense) 27
  County Lubbock
  Race Hispanic
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height 5-8
  Weight 155
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Lubbock
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation
Laborer

Prior Prison Record
TDC #619495, rec'd on 6/25/92 on a 9-year sentence from Lubbock County for 1 count of Burglary of a Habitation, released on parole on 11/6/1992, returned on 10/5/1993 as a parole violator, released on Mandatory Supervision to Lubbock County on 1/30/1998.

Summary of Incident
Convicted in the December 31, 1998 choking death of a 26-year-old Hispanic male. Garza and the victim were partying in the victim's vehicle when Garza choked him to death with a rope and took his vehicle and money. Garza then dumped the victim's body on the street and fled the scene.

Co-Defendants
None

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic male