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Boyfriend convicted in fashion designer's murder

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The boyfriend of a New York City fashion designer found dead at an upscale hotel has been convicted of murder.

The verdict for Nicholas Brooks was issued on Thursday as friends of the victim cheered in court. Brooks' sister was seen weeping.

His girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay, was found Dec. 9, 2010, in an overflowing hotel room bathtub.

The defendant's father was Joseph Brooks, an Oscar-winning composer who wrote "You Light up My Life."

Prosecutors said Brooks strangled Cachay when she tried to end their relationship. His lawyer says she took too many pills and drowned accidentally.

Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 26. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

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