Shooter in 2014 Midland Homicide Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge
In Midland today, 39-year-old Odessa, TX, resident Noe Garcia Galan pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in connection with the murder of Sean Michael Lamb in 2014, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division; and, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.
Appearing before U.S. District Judge David Counts, Galan pleaded guilty to one count of murder resulting from the use and discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.
By pleading guilty, Galan admitted that on May 13, 2014, he fatally shot Lamb. According to court records, Galan and others were responsible for the abduction and death of Lamb because they suspected that Lamb and others had stolen a large amount of “crystal” methamphetamine from co-defendants Liz Hernandez and her brother, Ruben James Hernandez.
“Along with our law-enforcement partners, we seek justice for all victims of crime. I am pleased that we were able to obtain a guilty plea in this case and I look forward to sentencing,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.
Ruben Hernandez, age 38 of Odessa, remains a fugitive in this case. Liz Hernandez, age 39 of Odessa, is currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of murder during the course of a drug trafficking crime. Her 22-year-old son, Brian Hernandez, is back in federal custody after violating conditions of his supervised release, including failing a drug test. In February 2017, Hernandez completed his 41-month federal prison term after he pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy charge. Four other Odessan co-defendants—44-year-old Raymond Hernandez Olgin, Jr., 41-year-old Rudolfo Romero Parades, 44-year-old Stacey Louise Castillo and 41-year-old Anthony Ryan Gonzales—are serving life, 27 years, 25 years, and 27 years in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in the scheme. In April 2015, a federal jury convicted those four of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and one count of murder during the course of a drug trafficking crime.
“The Odessa Police Department would like to thank all of the assisting agencies for the time and effort dedicated in bringing charges in this case. This was truly a joint effort and could not have been accomplished without their help,” stated Odessa Police Chief Gerke.
Galan, who remains in federal custody, faces between ten years and life in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for 2:00pm on May 29, 2019, in Midland before Judge Counts.
The Odessa Police Department and the FBI, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Texas Rangers, and the U.S. Border Patrol, investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Lewis, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.