Plea Offer Accepted In 2016 Murder Case

A Webb male who dealt with the possibility of serving 20 to 99 years in jail for a murder charge will serve a 25-year sentence in a state penitentiary.

Andrew Martin Tovar, 24, of Webb, withdrew his innocent plea to murder Monday after the death of Webb resident Joshua Lamar Guilford, 28, on June 22, 2016. Tovar then sent a guilty plea to the murder charge of Guilford.

According to Assistant District Attorney Mark Johnson, Guilford’s member of the family accepted a 25-year plea offer.

” This is not your common murder case,” Johnson stated. “The info we have actually acquired from everybody involved states both Guilford and Tovar were good friends and had actually been friends for a long time. The households understood each other and they have actually asked for the plea offer.”.

Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton sentenced Tovar to 25 years in a state penitentiary, without any opportunity for early parole or probation.

Johnson stated Tovar will get credit for time served in the Houston County Jail. The state likewise has 30 days to declare restitution.

Throughout the plea hearing, Tovar asked the judge’s approval to resolve the victim’s household.

” I am so sorry,” Tovar stated. “There is absolutely nothing I can say to bring Joshua back. I loved him like a bro, and I hope you will forgive me. My Lord has forgiven me, and I simply hope you will forgive me. I am genuine, sorry. Please forgive me.”.

Court records specify a run-in happened in between Tovar and Guilford on June 22, 2016, at Water Oak Park in Webb. Throughout the run-in, Tovar left the home to later return with a knife. Tovar stabbed Guilford around 3 times in the stomach and chest area. Tovar and a female transferred Guildford to the healthcare facility, where he later passed away from the injuries he got.