HOLTVILLE — A man who admitted to killing 14-year-old Andrea Hines in 1994 when he was 13 has been released from the California Youth Authority and is reportedly back in Holtville.
Adan Garcia, now 25, was released from CYA in Chino after serving 12 years for a secondndegree murder plea he made before Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa.
Garcia admitted to strangling and stabbing Andrea multiple times in the family’s backyard on Sept. 17, 1994.
Garcia was tried as a juvenile. He was released after serving his full sentence.
Specific information on when he was released was unavailable.
The deputy Imperial County district attorney who prosecuted the case is retired and could not be reached for comment.
Skip Hines, Andrea’s father, said he learned Garcia was in Holtville earlier this week. Hines had lobbied in June for Garcia to remain in custody for at least another two years.
Of Garcia’s release, Hines said: “I don’t understand the system at all.”