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Man faces death sentence for allegedly killing girlfriend

Published:Friday | August 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM


A Puerto Rico man is facing a possible death sentence for killing a girlfriend who had become an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

A jury in the US island territory convicted Edison Burgos Montes of importing and distributing cocaine from the nearby Dominican Republic. He was also convicted of the July 2005 killing of Madelyn Semidey Morales, a former girlfriend who had been cooperating with US authorities in the investigation of Burgos.

The jury delivered its verdict in the trial on Wednesday and is scheduled to begin deliberations in the penalty phase on September 10. They can choose life in prison or the death penalty.

Puerto Rico has no death penalty under local laws but the 42-year-old Burgos was prosecuted in federal court.