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Valiante gets 8 years for helping Navin kill his parents

August 1, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Jennifer Valiante, accused of helping her boyfriend, Kyle Navin in the fatal shooting of his Easton parents and burying their bodies in a friend’s yard, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

“You could have stopped the madness,” Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin told Valiante as she stood before him, a slightly bemused expression on her face. “You really could have. The real regret to me and I hope to you is that you did not take the opportunity to stop it because you really could have.”

Valiante told the judge she had nothing to say.

Both Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Michael DeJoseph and Valiante’s lawyer, Norman Pattis, stressed during the sentencing hearing that Valiante never considered testifying against Navin, who on the eve of his trial agreed to plead guilty to two counts of murder and was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

DeJoseph told the judge they had overwhelming evidence against Navin and didn’t need any testimony from Valiante while Pattis contended several times that his client was only present during the crimes and helped her boyfriend clean up afterwards.

Valiante, 31, previously pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine before Devlin to conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution in the case.

A plea made under the Alford Doctrine means Valiante doesn’t admit her guilt but concedes she could be found guilty of the crime if she went to trial. The judge then found her guilty.

The judge sentenced her on Wednesday to 16 years, suspended after she serves eight years in prison and followed by five years of probation. He also ordered her to undergo drug evaluation and treatment.

The operations manager of his father’s Easton garbage collection company, Navin was accused of separately shooting his parents to death and later hiding their bodies under debris in a friend’s yard in Weston.

Valiante met Navin at the dump in Westport where she had been working at the time.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, the president of J & J Refuse in Easton, and his wife, Jeanette Navin, 55, a Weston Intermediate School library paraprofessional, disappeared from their Easton home Aug. 4, 2015. Their bodies were found buried beneath debris in Weston on Oct. 29 that year.

Police said Kyle Navin, who has a drug habit, killed his parents with his girlfriend’s help to get their money after he found out he was being disinherited.

Two weeks before her disappearance, Jeanette Navin tearfully told a friend she was at wits’ end with her eldest son, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. She and her husband were cutting Kyle out of their will, she told the friend, and selling their garbage business.

“Kyle will be on his own without any financial support from the family,” the affidavit states that she said.

The warrant affidavit also reveals the alarming texts between Kyle Navin and his girlfriend, weeks before his parents vanished.

“We need to figure out what the best way to take them down ... get some money out of them somehow,” Navin texted Valiante, according to the affidavit. And later: “It would solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life.”

The warrant states police found two bullet holes in the front passenger seat of Kyle Navin’s blue 2000 pickup truck. The portion of the seat belt that would go over the chest of the passenger also had a bullet hole in it, and Jeannette Navin’s blood was found on the seat, police said.

Blood stains were also found on the basement floor of Kyle Navin’s house. They matched his father’s blood, the affidavit states.

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