Corrections Officer Ralph Lee Garcia

Corrections Officer Ralph Lee Garcia

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, August 31, 1999

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Ralph Lee Garcia

Corrections Officer Ralph Garcia was stabbed to death after being ambushed by nine inmates in a correctional facility. Officer Garcia was locking a housing door when the inmates starting beating and stabbing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three suspects were charged and were not convicted until nine years later. One pleaded guilty and received a 29 year sentence. The suspected ringleader received a life sentence without the possibility of parole. One suspect was killed in a car fire in Bernalillo County.

In 2009, The New Mexico Department of Corrections presented Officer Garcia's family and The Guadalupe County Correction Facility with the Medal of Valor on the anniversary of the disturbance.

Corrections Officer Garcia is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Arrested; deceased

prison riot

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I was locked up in G.C.C.F from April of 2000 to February of 2005 ... I actually heard boots walk by my cell... I saw and heard alot of scary things in that prison... And I believe in 2004, in September I heard Ralph Garcia walk by my cell door

Ex convict

August 2, 2021

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