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Last updated on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
(BLOOMINGTON) - Jurors found 49-year-old Bruce Foster guilty of murdering 39-year-old Angela Holder.
The jury returned their verdict after deliberating six hours Monday night.
Laura Lane of the Herald Times reports that the prosecution's case contended Foster killed Holder in a jealous rage because she had broken off a relationship with him and was dating another man.
After the guilty verdict was announced about 6:30 p.m., jurors heard additional evidence that Foster was a habitual offender. Under Indiana law, anyone convicted of a felony, who has two prior unrelated felony convictions can be given the habitual offender status. The jurors determined that Foster, with previous convictions in Monroe County for forgery, burglary, theft, fraud and receiving stolen property, is a habitual offender.
That means that when Monroe Circuit Judge Kenneth Todd sentences Foster on Jan. 9, he can add up to 30 years to the murder sentence. The range of penalty for murder in Indiana is 45 to 65 years.
Holder died on June 7, 2011. Her 15-year-old daughter Anastasia arrived home, unlocked their Basswood Drive apartment door and found her mother's body wedged at the bottom of a stairwell in a pool of blood.
She had been stabbed 17 times with a kitchen knife found later by a man walking in Cascades Park.
The knife was not far from where searchers looking for clues in the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer had found Holder's pink velvet purse.
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