Guerra-Torres was decapitated in 2013 (Park Co. Sheriff's Office)
Marquez pleaded guilty to second degree murder (photo credit: Cody Enterprise)
CODY, Wyo. -
The suspect hired to murder a man in 2013 was sentenced to prison Wednesday for decapitating the victim and dumping his headless body near Cody, Wyo.
John Marquez was sentenced in Park County District Court to a period of 25 to 35 years at the Wyoming State Penitentiary for the murder of Juan Guerra-Torres.
Marquez pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
"The evidence suggests Marquez was the one to pull the trigger," Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt had said at a hearing for Marquez' co-defendant.
The victim was the husband of Sandra Garcia, who was sentenced to prison last year for orchestrating the murder.
The woman asked her brother, Pedro Garcia, to have her brother killed because she was afraid that Guerra-Torres’ involvement with the Mexican drug cartel put her life and the lives of their children at risk.
Sandra Garcia is serving a 10 to 18 year prison sentence, but her brother has yet to be sentenced.
Prosecutors will recommend at a later sentencing hearing a commitment of 25 to 40 years in prison for Pedro Garcia.
The headless body of Guerra-Torres was discovered in January of 2014 in Clark, Wyo.
Several of his limbs had been sawed off and Guerra-Torres’ head remains missing.
Pedro Garcia admitted he drove employed Marquez to commit the murder and said his role in the crime was driving Marquez to the scene of the murder.
The coroner later determined that Guerra-Torres had been shot several times before his body was dismembered.
Investigators determined the gruesome murder was connected to large scale use and sale of methamphetamine.
It’s unclear when the sentencing hearing will take place for Pedro Garcia.
Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric declined to comment on the case until Pedro Garcia is sentenced.