Lancaster man sentenced to life in prison for drive-by shooting death

Mathew Morales

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Mathew Morales was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for killing a man during a drive-by shooting.

Xavier Garriga, 25, was shot in 2014 while walking on Holland Ave.

Xavier Garriga
Xavier Garriga

The two men had a conversation in a Turkey Hill about a “Jesus medallion” Morales was wearing prior to the shooting, according to the clerk.

Manheim Township police charged Morales with first-degree murder of Garriga.

Morales said he was an innocent man while he was sentenced to a life in prison by Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro.

Judge Totaro said the evidence was “very compelling and overwhelming”.

Multiple people were called to the witness stand, including a man who was in the car with Morales and multiple police officers.

Detective Brian Freysz of Manheim Township filed the charges.

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