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Jose Solis Garcia given life sentence for brutal murder of Noemi Ruiz

Enrique "Jose" Solis Garcia was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years for the murder of Medford woman, and the mother of his children, Noemi Ruiz on September 11, 2017. DMV Photo

Enrique "Jose" Solis Garcia was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years for the murder of Medford woman, and the mother of his children, Noemi Ruiz on September 11, 2017.

After 25 years, he may have the opportunity for parole, but only with post-prison supervision. He will get credit for some time already served.

Solis Garcia was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $15,145 for the family's funeral expenses and counseling.

Solis Garcia originally plead not guilty, but changed his plea to no contest - which is not an admittance of guilt, but simply an acceptance of the charges against him.

"It's disappointing that he entered a plea of no contest instead of taking responsibility, however the result and the sentence is the same. The legal effect is the same, so I think that's all positive for the community and for the family," says Senior Deputy District Attorney Terry Smith-Norton.

Solis Garcia's attorney, Don Scales, said he's also satisfied with the outcome of the case.

"There may have been some issues that we could've addressed at trial, but I think just for the well-being of the children and to get them started on a path to healing, this had to happen," says Scales.

The plea would mean Ruiz's young daughters would not have to testify in court.

Aside from any testimony, the Medford Police Department were able to tie Solis Garcia to the homicide using the clothing he was wearing at the time of the murder, along with a sheath they found for the knife used to kill Ruiz.

In an emotional statement, Ruiz's mother expressed a deep sadness over her grandchildren being left without a mother. Judge Laura Cromwell echoed that sentiment directly to Garcia Solis in the courtroom, saying the brutal violence didn't only affect Ruiz, but also his own children that the two of them shared.

"It is such a despicable act and you leave these daughters without a mother, without a father. You caused horrific trauma to this family, and especially to your girls. And I hope you think about that as you're sitting in prison for the rest of your life," Judge Cromwell said.

Ruiz's mother is caring for the children now. Smith-Norton says family members have been living together and supporting one another during what has been a difficult time for all of them.


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