PROVIDENCE — Armando Garcia, 33, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2010 murder of Brooke Lee Verdoia, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s Office. In addition, Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl sentenced Garcia to five years to run consecutive for the charges of failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent. Finding Garcia a habitual offender, with 14 convictions as an adult, including two convictions for domestic violence, Justice McGuirl sentenced him to an additional 25 years, with a minimum of two-thirds to serve before eligible for parole, to run consecutive.
Garcia was found guilty by a jury in October 2012. During the course of the trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that in the early morning hours of June 26, 2010, Garcia brutally attacked and murdered the 30-year-old Verdoia in her home, while her young child slept. Garcia and Verdoia were involved in a romantic relationship at the time of the murder. Brooke’s mother, Michelle Lavalee, found young Madison in the afternoon of June 26, 2010 sitting near Brooke’s lifeless body, eating M&Ms.
The evidence proved that Verdoia died from eight separate blunt force trauma injuries and seven stab wounds. After killing her in the living room, Garcia moved her lifeless body to her bedroom, where the State proved he staged a robbery and rape.
During the course of the investigation, Pawtucket Police located Verdoia’s Cadillac Escalade in the vicinity of Garcia’s grandmother’s home. A witness testified that while cleaning the Escalade at the request of the defendant, he saw blood on the interior of the vehicle. Despite the cleaning, blood was found inside the vehicle. Police also obtained Garcia’s clothes, which also contained blood evidence. Once arrested, Garcia gave conflicting accounts to police and finally admitting he killed her.
“The severity of this crime is multiplied by the fact that this defendant beat Brooke Lee Verdoia while her baby lay in her crib just feet way. Madison was only a toddler when Armando Garcia took her mother from her in such a brutal manner,” Kilmartin said in a press release. “We can only hope and pray that Madison, through the support of her family, will never remember what she found when she crawled out of her crib to her mother’s side.”
“At the age of only 33, this defendant has a long history of crime, including domestic violence,” Kilmartin continued. “Armando Garcia was given the opportunity to rehabilitate himself, to learn from past mistakes and to become a productive member of our society. Instead, he chose to continue to engage in a life of crime and violence that led to the brutal murder of a vibrant young woman who was a daughter, a wife and most importantly, a mother.”
Pawtucket Police Detectives Donti Rosciti and David Silva led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division Stacey Veroni prosecuted the case on behalf of the Department of Attorney General.