EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The final living suspect in a 2020 Eau Claire homicide case accepts a plea deal for his role in the crime. Joe Moya pleaded guilty to felony murder and aggravated assault today in Eau Claire County court. In exchange for his guilty plea. Prosecutors will cap their sentence recommendation at 15 years in prison. Judge Michael Schumacher can sentence him to more time.

The judge dismissed three other charges he was facing. Prosecutors say Moya, along with Juan Olivarez and Ian Kearns shot and killed Edwin Garcia-Smith while attempting to rob him. They also shot a woman who survived. 

“I can find that there is a factual basis supporting these charges. With that, I will find Mr. Moya guilty of those two counts to which he’s entered pleas here today. The other charges are dismissed and read in for purposes of sentencing,” said Schumacher.

Kearns died about a month after the attack. Olivarez pleaded guilty to the same charges as Moya last month. The woman who survived does not agree with the plea deal announced today and plans to speak out when sentencing takes place in April.