Waukegan man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend while her daughter watched

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Roberto C. Romero.
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WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- A 25-year-old man from Waukegan has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend in 2015 while her daughter watched.

Roberto C. Romero entered the plea to first-degree murder on Monday. He faces between 30 and 60 years when a judge sentences him July 19.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that two additional counts of first-degree murder and a gun enhancement penalty were dismissed in exchange for Romero's guilty plea.

Authorities say Romero shot 33-year-old Elpidia Munoz-Garcia multiple times in the face at a Waukegan restaurant in front of her 9-year-old daughter.

Romero's attorney Jed Stone says he intends to show the court at sentencing that Romero suffers from mental illness.