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Jury to weigh sentence in death penalty case

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Miguel Figueroa-Novoa (submitted) Miguel Figueroa-Novoa (submitted)

A Dauphin County jury heard testimony Monday in the penalty phase of a trial for a Harrisburg man facing a possible death sentence for the murder of his live-in girlfriend.

Miguel Figueroa-Novoa, 25, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of 19-year-old Yarelis Berrios at their Ivey Lane apartment two days before Christmas in 2010.

The jury heard testimony from witnesses for the prosecution and defense before the trial recessed for the day. Jurors were expected to begin deliberations on Tuesday.

Figueroa-Novoa was also found guilty of attempted homicide for seriously wounding Berrios' mother, Lithz Serrano, by shooting her five times before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt.

Serrano, who is now permanently disabled, said Friday that she does not want Figueroa-Novoa sentenced to die, but rather to life in prison with no chance of parole.

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