DA Sini: Man Convicted Of Murder For Fatally Shooting Girlfriend In Dix Hills In 2017
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the trial conviction of Eric Bermudez, 37, of Dix Hills, on Murder in the Second Degree for fatally shooting his girlfriend on Burroughs Avenue in Dix Hills on April 13, 2017.
“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,” District Attorney Sini said. “This guilty verdict was the result of excellent prosecutorial work by our Assistant District Attorneys and I commend them for bringing this killer to justice.”
Bermudez was also convicted on four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.
On April 13, 2017, the defendant was engaged in a dispute with the victim, Regina Flecha, 37, of Dix Hills, at their residence on Black Pine Court in Dix Hills. The victim left the house and began walking toward Burroughs Avenue.
Bermudez followed the victim in his car onto Burroughs Avenue and, at approximately 7:30 p.m., fired 10 shots at her, striking her eight times. Bermudez then pulled Flecha into his vehicle and began driving away from the scene.
Approximately 20 minutes later, detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Third Precinct initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle when they witnessed Bermudez driving at a high rate of speed on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, at which time they discovered the victim in the front passenger seat. Detectives also recovered the murder weapon; two additional guns, one of which was stolen; and a silencer in the trunk of the vehicle.
Flecha was transported by Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance personnel to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she died a short time later.
Bermudez faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in front of Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice John B. Collins on April 19.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Kim Carson, of the District Attorney’s Major Crime Bureau.