Joshua Cook pleads guilty to murder of Yajaira Garcia

Joshua Cook plea agreement

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The man accused of murdering a high school senior in 2018 has pleaded guilty Monday morning.

Joshua Cook has reached a plea agreement for the first degree murder of Yajaira Garcia. He will serve 50 years in prison, then will have the chance for parole in 2045..

In August, Cook removed his ankle monitor and left the confines of his house arrest while on bond and was taken back into police custody.

Cook’s trial had been scheduled for January of 2021, but he has waived his right to a trial.

Garcia was shot and killed on Nov. 3, 2018, the same day she had planned on taking the SAT.

She played soccer for the Lady Coyotes and was heavily involved in Cafe Con Leche.

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