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School board member admits hiding marriage to convicted murderer

October 17, 2011 |  9:08 am

A Fontana school board member admitted she lied on her campaign application about her marriage to a convicted murdered, a newspaper reported Monday.

The San Bernardino Sun reported that Fontana Unified School District vice chairwoman Leticia Garcia met her husband, Jason Garcia, in 2001 while he was incarcerated and she was working on a project for a criminology class. They married in 2002.

But in her application to run for school board last year, Leticia Garcia wrote that the marriage had ended in divorce. She told the Sun she felt it was time to come clean after her husband was released from prison Sept. 30.

Jason Garcia was convicted of murder in a gang-related shooting when he was 16. He pursued an education behind bars, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in social sciences from San Jose State University.

The Sun also reported that Leticia Garcia had been romantically involved with San Bernardino attorney and county Democratic party leader Tim Prince while her husband was in prison.

Garcia, elected last November, said she still plans to serve out her four-year term.


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