The son of Galindo Belascotenes, García had married Matrona, daughter of Aznar Galíndez I, Count of Aragon. However, according to tradition he took offense at a prank played on him by his brothers-in-law, Centule and Galindo, who locked him in a house during the Hogueras de San Juan. In retaliation, he murdered Centule and repudiated Matrona, allying himself with Íñigo Arista of Pamplona, whose daughter he then married. His role in these events led to his traditional nickname, 'the Bad'.
In 820, Íñigo gathered a small army and deposed the Frankish vassal Aznar, making García count of Aragon and Conflent. In 824, when Aeblus and Aznar Sánchez marched on Pamplona, García and Musa ibn Fortún of the Banu Qasi probably lent their support to the Basque Íñigo, leading to the defeat of the Frankish counts.
Depending on the source, he either died or retired from government in 833, being succeeded by his son Galindo Garcés.
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