Fired nurse gets life in prison for double killing

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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 1:17 PM

A nursing supervisor enraged at two co-workers who accused him of sexual harassment drew a life sentence Wednesday for killing a nurse and a bystander during a shooting rampage that left four people dead.

"It was a premeditated, calculated, cold act. You're a very frightening ... very disturbing person," Judge Frank Geraci said as he imposed the maximum penalty of life without parole on Frank Garcia. The 35-year-old is already serving a life term for a couple's execution-style slaying later on Valentine's Day.

Investigators say Garcia targeted nurses Mary Silliman and Kimberly Glatz after their sexual harassment complaints led to him being fired from successive jobs at a nursing home in Rochester and Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, 20 miles away.

Before dawn on Feb. 14, the day after his dismissal in Brockport, Garcia killed Silliman, 23, and Randal Norman, 41, a motorist who intervened when he saw her being roughed up in the hospital parking lot.

He then drove 50 miles east to Canandaigua and killed Glatz, 38, and her 45-year-old husband, Christopher, at their home after holding them captive for three hours. The couple was ordered to lie down and shot from behind while their children cowered upstairs.

Garcia exhibits classic sociopathic symptoms, from his glib charm and excessive narcissism to paranoia, secretiveness and an absence of empathy, prosecutor Doug Randall said.

"He was fired because he couldn't control his ego" and "he couldn't put up with" romantic rejection, Randall said.

Garcia lowered his head at times but displayed no emotion as he got three life terms for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for wounding Norman's girlfriend, Audra Dillon.

At trial, the hairstylist identified him as the gunman with "very piercing eyes" who killed Norman and wounded her as she sped away in a car. She and Norman were driving past Lakeside Memorial around 5 a.m. when they saw a man drag a woman by the hair across the parking lot and then begin punching and kicking her.

When they approached, Dillon said the man dropped down into a shooter's stance and killed Norman, then turned and shot Silliman as she tried to run away. When Dillon retreated to her car, she said he fired through the windows, hitting her in the arm and side.

"I feel guilty that I survived," Dillon told the judge, saying she misses Norman's kisses on her forehead and "his teddy bear hugs."