KETCHIKAN, Alaska – Former Forks resident Jordan Joplin was sentenced Tuesday for the 2017 murder of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.

Joplin received 99 years in prison, the maximum sentence for murder charges in the state of Alaska.

The sentencing comes ten months after a jury found the 39-year-old guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree theft in the death of the man who was his romantic partner for six years.

An autopsy found the 58-year-old surgeon died in his home from a fatal dose of morphine, methadone, lorazepam and diazepam. After Garcia’s death, Joplin loaded three shipping containers with most of Garcia’s belongings, including an expensive watch collection, coins, jewelry, electronics and more, and had them shipped to his latest residence in King County. Detectives also discovered multiple transfers totaling over $30,000 that had been made from Dr. Garcia’s bank accounts to Joplin’s accounts.

Garcia’s cell phone and wallet were found to be in Joplin’s possession, as well.

(Pictured, L. to R.: Dr. Garcia and Joplin)