A man was convicted Friday of gunning down his 37-year-old girlfriend following a dispute near their Dix Hills home last year.
A Suffolk County jury found Eric Bermudez guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week-long trial.
“While nothing can ease the suffering caused by the defendant, we hope this conviction provides some solace to the victim’s family in knowing that their loved one’s murderer will be held accountable for his actions,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said.
Authorities said the 37-year-old gunman shot Regina Flecha eight times on Burroughs Avenue after she walked away from their residence on Black Pine Court on April 13. He then pulled her into his car and drove away.
Twenty minutes later, Third Precinct detectives stopped his speeding vehicle on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore and found the victim in the front passenger seat, prosecutors said.
They also found the murder weapon, two additional guns—one of which was stolen—and a silencer in the trunk, according to investigators. Flecha was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she died shortly later.
Bermudez faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced April 19 by Judge John B. Collins.