Cumulative sentence sought for Harlingen man facing second murder trial

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Anthony Eliff III (Courtesy: Cameron County Sheriff’s Office)

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has notified a court that if a 48-year-old Harlingen man is convicted in the case of a missing woman who was later found dead, prosecutors will ask that his sentence in this case begin after he finishes serving a 75-year sentence for murdering his roommate.

Prosecutors filed the notice on Friday in the case of Anthony Eliff III, who received the stiff sentence on Oct. 3, after being convicted of fatally shooting 41-year-old Guillermo Garcia.

Eliff shot Garcia in the chest inside a parked car on the 3300 block of Adams Landing in Harlingen at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2020. He was arrested the following day.

Eliff filed a notice of appeal over his conviction on Oct. 18.

He is also accused of killing 32-year-old Corpus Christi resident Elyn Loera.

She went missing in October 2019. The last thing she told her mother before boarding a bus to come to the Rio Grande Valley in September 2019 was that she was traveling to Harlingen to visit her boyfriend, Eliff.

Days after Eliff’s arrest for killing Garcia, investigators found her remains on Feb. 10, 2020 in a brushy lot west of Business 77 in San Benito.

Her mother died before her remains were recovered.

Prosecutors also notified the court on Oct. 19 that they will seek to introduce Eliff’s prior murder conviction and will seek a habitual enhancement for his pending murder charge.

They argue Eliff is not eligible for probation.

Prosecutors want to enhance his sentencing range in the event of a conviction to 25 years to 99 years or life.

The normal range is five years to 99 years or life.

Eliff has pleaded not guilty.

A trial date has not been scheduled.