Mishawaka man sentenced to 77 years in prison for December 2014 murder, robbery

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A Mishawaka man convicted of murdering a woman in South Bend in 2014 will serve 77 years in prison.

0946f628-9cb9-4bb8-a2e8-e8c9c160d33Johnnie Nettles, 22, was convicted of murder and robbery in January for the murder of 25-year-old Angela Garza.

Police say that Garza was closing down Chuck’s Tavern in the 1200 block of Sample Street on Dec. 21, 2014, after a Christmas party when she was murdered and the safe of Chuck’s Tavern was robbed.

Nettles was sentenced to 65 years for murder and six years for robbery, to be served consecutively, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office. He was also sentenced to an additional six years in prison because he was on probation when the murder and robbery happened. He will serve a total of 77 years in prison.