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SEATTLE (Q13FOX) – A 20-year-old Washington man is behind bars after allegedly strangling his girlfriend and then taunting her father through a text message.

Authorities say 20-year-old Gabriel Galan Navarro is being charged with first-degree murder for the death of 20-year-old Allison Leedy.

According to court documents, Navarro learned that Leedy was planning to leave him and go to college in California.

The documents say he was “determined to prevent Allison and her family from realizing her dreams.”

Officials say Navarro allegedly strangled Leedy in their apartment and then texted her family members, saying they turned Allison against him.

He also said they were responsible for her death.

Navarro then allegedly texted Allison’s father saying, “She’s dead. I have the last laugh.”

Navarro then called 911 to tell police about Leedy’s murder but then lied to police when he allegedly said he had a trap of exploding gas in the apartment and was armed with a firearm.

Police were able to break the windows with bean bags.

At that point, Navarro surrendered.

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