August 13, 2006|By JULIE BYKOWICZ

Sharon R. Holback and Tony N. Garcia


Baltimore city homicide prosecutors

In the news

Holback and Garcia won convictions last week in a high-profile murder case. Policarpio Espinoza and Adan Canela, illegal immigrants from Mexico, were found guilty of slashing the throats of three young relatives May 27, 2004, in Northwest Baltimore. A city jury convicted the pair about a year after a previous jury failed to reach a verdict.

The two prosecutors worked closely together for two years. "We were almost like a married couple," Holback said. "We got annoyed with each other, but we would work it out. We were a good team together."

Career path

Holback, raised in Montgomery County, began her college studies in violin and vocal performance. She received her law degree from the University of Baltimore. "I've always had a real interest in justice and helping the poor," she said. Holback, 51, has been with the city state's attorney's office for 23 years. She's married to a Baltimore police sergeant and has a son and daughter in high school.

A Delaware native, Garcia received his law degree from the University of Maryland. He has been a city prosecutor for 11 years. He teaches night classes at a real estate school. A comics fan since age 9, opening a comic book shop is his dream for retirement. Garcia, 37, is married to a pediatrician and has two young daughters.

Job approach

Holback: "Everything comes from my Jewish values. Every life is precious."

Garcia: "I know I'll be a lifelong litigator. That's why God put me here. Nothing makes me feel more alive than when I'm in trial."

[Julie Bykowicz]

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