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A man was convicted Wednesday of killing his girlfriend in downtown Los Angeles four days after he was ordered to pay child support for their two young children.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about 90 minutes before finding Oscar Cedano, 34, guilty of first-degree murder for the Jan. 17, 2014, shooting death of Sonia Soto.

Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain and murder while lying in wait.

The victim was found slumped over the driver’s steering wheel of her car in the 600 block of Santa Fe Avenue under the Sixth Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles. The 27-year-old woman had been shot once “execution-style” behind the right ear, according to Deputy District Attorney John McKinney.

Documents found in the back seat of the victim’s car showed that Cedano had been ordered four days earlier to pay her $900 a month in child support for their two children, who were 8 and 10 at the time, the prosecutor said.

Cedano’s palm print was found on an exterior rear passenger door of Soto’s car, which had been washed at a car dealership where she had it serviced after the court hearing, McKinney said.

Cedano was arrested in November 2014 and made “quite a few damaging admissions” to a jailhouse informant while in custody, including his statement that the police would not find the gun, according to the prosecutor.

Defense attorney Simon Aval contended that his client “did not do it.”

“I’m disappointed in the jury’s decision, but I respect it and we look forward to the appellate process,” Aval said after the verdict.

Prosecutors decided against seeking the death penalty against Cedano, who faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced Jan. 12 by Judge Sam Ohta.

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–City News Service 

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