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      Weslaco carjacker gets more than 11 years in federal prison

      Luis Armando Garza // Weslaco Police Department

      A federal judge sentenced a Weslaco man to more than 11 years in prison for carjacking a family TMs mini-van.

      Luis Armando Garza appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez in McAllen on Tuesday morning.

      The 31-year-old Weslaco man admitted to carjacking a mini-van back in November 2012.

      Armed with a gun, Garza ambushed a woman and her four children outside a Stripes convenience store.

      Weslaco police arrested Garza, who went by the nickname "Joker," shortly after the incident but the case was turned over to the FBI.

      Federal prosecutors revealed that Garza was paid $2,000 dollars by a man in Mexico to steal a car and take it south of the border.

      Judge Alvarez sentenced Garza to 11 years and seven months in federal prison for the crime.

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