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Bride's Killer Must Pay Family $4.25 Million

November 16, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A man who shot his ex-girlfriend to death on her wedding day must pay $4.25 million to her family, a judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Daniel P. Mecca awarded the money to the family of Gladys Ricart.

Ricart was posing for pictures in her wedding dress at her Ridgefield home on Sept. 26, 1999, when Agustin Garcia shot her to death in front of friends and relatives. Prosecutors said Garcia was driven by jealous rage.

Garcia was convicted of murder last month, and faces at least 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in February.

The judge awarded $1 million for economic losses, $250,000 for pain and suffering and $3 million in punitive damages.

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