Man sentenced for killing motorist on I-84 in 2000

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Alex Garcia was sentenced today in New Haven to 30 years in prison for the murder of Mark Rebong while traveling on I-84 in Danbury on Jan. 17, 2000, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Garcia will also be required to serve five years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer ordered the 30-year federal sentence to run concurrently with an unrelated 40-year state sentence that Gargcia is currently serving.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Jan. 17, 2000, at approximately 11:02 p.m.., Mark Rebong was discovered in the driver’s seat of an idling vehicle in the vicinity of Exit 2 off of I-84 in Danbury. Rebong was shot once in the head and died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation revealed that Garcia was a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings).  In late Dec. 1999, there was an ongoing dispute in Danbury between the Latin Kings and another criminal gang, the Crips.  On Dec. 28, 1999, the dispute escalated as a result of the shooting of a high-ranking member of the Crips.

On Jan. 17, 2000, Garcia was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on I-84. The driver of the vehicle, a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings, saw Mark Rebong driving near them on the highway and told Garcia to shoot at Rebong’s vehicle.  Garcia then used an assault rifle to fire two rounds at the vehicle, killing Rebong.

Mark Rebong was neither a member of a gang nor engaged in any criminal activity, according to Daly.

“In a reckless act of brutal violence, this defendant murdered an innocent young man who was driving to work,” said Daly. “I commend the investigators from the Danbury Police, State Police and DEA who never stopped searching for Mark’s killer until he was finally brought to justice.  Hopefully the Rebong family, who showed patience and courage and dignity throughout this ordeal, have found a measure of solace in this result.”

On June 15, 2016, Garcia pled guilty to one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.