Central Florida

Florida Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend, Throwing Body In River

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  • A Central Florida man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend.
  • 43-year-old Thomas Anthony Prins strangled the victim and dumped her body in a river following an argument.

A central Florida man collapsed in court after a jury found him guilty of killing his girlfriend.

Local media outlets report that 43-year-old Thomas Anthony Prins was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

Authorities say Prins had been boating with his girlfriend, 28-year-old Crystal Pifer, on the Halifax River in Port Orange last August when the two began to argue. Prins strangled Pifer and dumped her in the water, where her body was found the next day.

Officials say Prins was taken to a nearby hospital for observation after his collapse.

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