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She said ‘I love you’ after her boyfriend shot her in the head

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jun 12, 2015

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- A Louisa County man is facing life in prison after he was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend. A jury found Thomas Feaster guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the October 2014 death of Rhonda Row.

Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire said Feaster shot the 39-year-old Row in the back of the head as she walked to the couple's bedroom.

"He then walked up to her and, after she told him she loved him, shot her several more times," McGuire stated in a news release.

Rhonda Row and Thomas Feaster

Rhonda Row and Thomas Feaster

Testimony during the two-day trial included a Department of Forensic Science expert who linked the firearm and shell casings found in the home to the bullets recovered from the victim’s body. The jury recommended Feaster serve life in prison. He will be sentenced on Aug. 24.

“A loving daughter, sister, mother, and friend was taken from the lives of her loved ones far too soon," Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph J. D’Onofrio said. "Obviously, this will not make up for the loss of Rhonda, but we are pleased that today in Louisa, justice was served."

The murder happened in October, which officials pointed out was domestic violence awareness month.

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