She's accused of torching lover

Posted: June 12, 2012

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - An Anchorage woman is being held on $1 million bond after being accused of setting a gasoline-fueled fire to kill her boyfriend.

Gina Virgilio, 25, was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, assault and two counts each of arson and criminal mischief.

She's charged in Friday's death of her live-in boyfriend, Michael Gonzalez, 24.

"Sure," Virgilio said when asked if she would like an attorney appointed to represent her. She appeared behind glass in the jail courtroom at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. She wore a yellow jail jumpsuit, and her hands were shackled behind her back with metal cuffs during the hearing, which lasted just over three minutes.

According to charging documents, police claim that Virgilio's mother, Michelle, and a registered nurse at an Anchorage hospital both claimed that she had confessed to them that she killed Gonzalez.

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