Suffolk jurors convicted a Dix Hills man who prosecutors said pumped eight bullets into his girlfriend on the street in April 2017, and was caught by officers driving with his victim in the front seat suffering from wounds that proved to be fatal.
Eric Bermudez, 37, who shot Regina Flecha, 37, to death, was convicted of second-degree murder and several counts of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, prosecutors said.
“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 District Attorney Timothy Sini said in a news release.
Bermudez’s attorney, John Loturco of Huntington, could not be reached for comment.
Bermudez is due back before Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice John B. Collins on April 19, when he is scheduled to be sentenced. He faces a maximum term of 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge.
Police and prosecutors said the case stemmed from events on the evening of April 13, when Bermudez argued with Flecha at their Black Pine Court home in Dix Hills.
The victim left the house during the skirmish but Bermudez followed her in a car, found her around the corner on Burroughs Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. and shot at her as many as 10 times, striking her eight times, authorities said.
Bermudez then forced Flecha into the vehicle and drove away, but 20 minutes later Suffolk detectives pulled him over for speeding on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, police said. That’s when they discovered Flecha on the passenger seat.
She was taken by Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, which was less than a mile away, where she died a short time later, police said.
Detectives also recovered the weapon they said was used to shoot Flecha and two more guns, one of which had been reported stolen, and a silencer in the trunk of the vehicle.