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Jail sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend

NORRISTOWN, PA — A Montgomery County judge sentenced a Norristown man to decades behind bars on Wednesday after the defendant admitted to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend earlier this year in the bathroom of his Norristown apartment as her children sat in an adjoining room.

Elvyn Almodovar Rodriguez, 33, was sentenced to 32½ to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty on Wednesday to charges of third degree murder, burglary and possession of an instrumentality of crime.

The guilty plea was entered in a hearing before Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge William R. Carpenter, according to court records for the case.

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In January, Montgomery County authorities announced the arrest of Rodriguez, who was also originally charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and related charges.

Prosecutors said Norristown police were called to an apartment belonging to the victim, Keishla Arroyo-Rodriguez, 28, on January 10 around 4 p.m. to a report from a woman who was unresponsive. not.

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Police were called to the apartment after the victim’s 7-year-old daughter looked under the locked bathroom door and saw her mother lying dead on the floor, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. .

Investigators ultimately determined that Elvyn Rodriguez left the apartment just before Christmas after the victim broke off the relationship.

The 7-year-old told detectives she saw Elvyn Rodriguez enter the apartment, enter the bathroom where her mother was showering at the time, and shoot the woman dead, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors said the child did not witness the murder but heard the gunshots.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined that the victim died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

At the time of the arrest, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele called the killing “a horrific end to a domestic violence situation.”

Court records show first and second degree murder charges were dropped in exchange for Elvyn Rodriguez agreeing to plead guilty to third degree murder.

Elvyn Rodriguez’s defense attorney, Thomas Egan, III, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying his client agreed to plead guilty to spare the victim’s family the pain of having to endure a court case.

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