The Los Angeles Times reports that a Hillary Clinton voter from Corona, California, who shot a bandmate’s wife in an argument over the 2016 presidential election, was sentenced to 35 years-to-life in prison on Wednesday in a Los Angeles Superior Court after being found guilty of second-degree murder with a gun.
John Kevin McVoy Jr. and Victor Garcia were in a band together and were in Garcia’s house to practice. During a discussion about politics with two other friends inside the home, someone asked McVoy whom he had voted for in the 2016 presidential election. When McVoy said Hillary, Garcia told him to leave his house. McVoy pulled out a gun and shot Victor Garcia and then Susan Garcia, who held their 2-year-old son on her lap.
During the trial, McVoy’s defense attorney said her client shot Victor Garcia in self-defense, claiming that Garcia made violent threats to McVoy and picked up a can opener – which McVoy said he thought may have been a knife – from a table when he was shot. The second shot, which struck Susan Garcia, occurred during a battle for the gun with one of the bandmates. Susan Garcia died at the scene and the boy was not injured.
McVoy said he did not intend to hurt anyone that day and apologized to the family. No apology for voting for Hillary was forthcoming, apparently.