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Ex-boyfriend guilty of Pawtucket woman's murder

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By Abbey Niezgoda

aniezgoda@abc6.com

It has been over two years since Brooke Verdoia was found beaten to death in her Pawtucket apartment, but it only took a jury four hours of deliberation to convict Armando Garcia of her murder.

Tears from Verdoia's friends and family filled the front row of the courtroom as he was found guilty of three counts, including first-degree murder, failing to report her and death and then stealing her car after he killed her.

Throughout the trial, Garcia's lawyer tried to float a lot of concepts to the jury, saying his client only confessed on video tape back then because he was pressured. He also argued the finger should instead be pointed at Verdoia's estranged husband. 

At the end of it all, none of it seemed to stick, giving Verdoia's family a sigh of relief. They say the verdict is not so much closure, as it is the start of the healing process.

"I miss holding my daughter," Verdoia's mother Michelle LaValle said. "Even though she was 30, she was my only girl and he took my best friend away."

Garcia has been held without bail as a probation violator. He is due back in court at the end of October.

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