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.
SAN ANTONIO — Katrina Ornelas says theirs was a true love story.
“He was the maintenance man at my old apartment complex. So literally my husband came knocking at my door,” she said of a love story that quickly wrote itself.
“Two years later we were married,” she said.
But the love story came to a sudden end.
“By the time I knew it, I was talking to homicide.”
Ornelas’ husband, 41-year-old Nicholas Ciarrocchi, was shot on June 3rd outside an east side corner store. He died less than a mile from the home they had recently moved into.
It was the police car lights that she saw on the news that evening that changed her life.
“That’s how I really found out that that was my husband. That that was my car. It was via the news. That’s how I was informed that my husband had been murdered via 30 to 40 bullets into our car,” she said.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) A mother is pleading for the community’s help on the 12-year anniversary of her son’s murder.
The only solace Tommy’s mother has in her son’s death is that she was able to say “I love you” the last time she saw him. Pam Kinslow says until his killers come forward, she’ll never stop searching for the truth.
Tommy Kinslow was shot and left for dead in 2005 on Constitution near Academy outside the Georgetown Square condos.
The Kinslow family has never been the same since their son Tommy was gunned down right behind their home, just days before Thanksgiving.
“People sit around the table and talk about what they’re thankful for and we sat at the mortuary,” said Pam Kinslow, Tommy’s mother.
Even though 12 years have gone by since her son was killed, she said it doesn’t get
Facing the death penalty, a 29-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty to capital murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 38 years in prison for kidnapping, stabbing and strangling his former co-worker.
Michael Ryan Brown maintained his innocence but conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of capital murder and abduction with the intent to defile. Prosecutor Phil Evans agreed to drop three other charges.
Circuit Judge Junius Fulton III sentenced Brown to life in prison for capital murder but reduced it to 38 years, in accordance with the plea bargain. He gave him 20 years for the kidnapping charge but included it in the time for the murder sentence.
“Our goal was to save his life,” said Brown’s lawyer, Emily Munn.
Brown, who was also represented by state-level capital public defenders, was accused of strangling his co-worker from the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Angie Lechlitner, after binding her and raping her with an