Mt. Vernon Woman Pleads to Reduced Charge in Drug-induced Homicide Case

Stephanie Garcia / Photo: Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

MT. VERNON – A 22-year-old Mt. Vernon woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge stemming from what was originally a charge of drug induced homicide.

Stephanie Garcia pleaded guilty to Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance, which as part of the plea agreement had been reduced from a Class X felony charge of drug induced homicide.

Judgment in the case was withheld pending Garcia’s successful completion of 24 months probation, 30 hours public service, and payment of more than $3,700 in fines and fees.

Garcia was arrested in November by detectives with the Mt. Vernon Police Department in connection with the Nov. 12, 2017, overdose death of 40-year-old Lavelta Washington in the 600 block of South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon.

Garcia was the second person arrested in connection with Washington’s death. Zia Flowers is still facing a Class X felony charge of drug induced homicide in that case. She remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $200,000.