A 29-year-old Hartford man who was arrested on accessory and conspiracy to commit murder charges as a result of a grand jury investigation pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and faces 12 years in prison.
Noel Maldonado, 29, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 21, 2018.
Ten jurors had been selected for Maldonado’s trial when he opted to accept a plea offer negotiated by his lawyer, Norm Pattis, and prosecutor David Zagaja.
Maldonado and Hector Torres were charged with shooting Luis Benitez at a gas station at 125 New Britain Ave. on Dec. 7, 2009. Benitz was badly wounded, but initially survived. He died March 14, 2010, of injuries associated with the shooting.
No witnesses would cooperate with police. Maldonado and Torres ultimately were arrested as a result of a grand jury that investigated violence in Hartford.
The state’s case against Torres was considerably stronger than its
A bedridden, Iberville Parish man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a Jefferson woman 33 years ago.
Donnie London, 62, was arrested in an Iberville Parish nursing home in January 2016 after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a routine review of cold cases and genetically linked London to the killing of Elma Kolman, who was 73 when her body was found in a vacant lot near her Monticello Avenue home on April 7, 1984.
He was sentenced this week to 21 years in prison — the penalty for manslaughter at the time he committed the crime — in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna by Judge Steven Grefer.
Kolman, who often was seen by neighbors walking around the neighborhood, was reported missing the day before her body was discovered. An autopsy found she had died of asphyxia and strangulation and had suffered traumatic injuries while being sexually assaulted.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Cold Case verdict: Anthony Palma found guilty of first-degree murder.
Palma, 57, has been on trial for the disappearance of Kirsten Hatfield, the 8-year-old who vanished from her Midwest City home back in May 1997.
It took a jury just a little over one hour Friday to make the their recommendation of life in prison without parole.
Officials are still hopeful they’ll find Hatfield’s remains.
“Every lead that comes in, detectives will follow up. We’ll continue to look for her until we find her remains, or until this man’s heart softens enough, so that he sees to at least let us recover Kirsten’s remains. So far, we haven’t seen any kind of remorse or any kind of movement in that regard. But I am still hopeful that some day, we will,” said Scott Rowland, Assistant District Attorney.
Kirsten’s sister, Faith Daniels, was just 3 years old when her big sister