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Suspect accepts plea deal in shooting death of Hartford man

August 2, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in connection with a fatal shooting has accepted a plea deal and will spend time in prison even though he denies guilt.

The Hartford Courant reports that Luis Quinones-Aponte pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Eduardo Anes, of Hartford, in February 2018.

Prosecutors say there is a strong inference that the 34-year-old Groton man fired the fatal shots, but no direct evidence. Authorities say Quinones-Aponte suspected Anes of stealing drugs from his girlfriend’s apartment.

Authorities say Quinones-Aponte fled to Puerto Rico after the killing.

Defense attorney Teri Bayer said her client denies guilt but believes the plea deal is in his best interest.

Quinones-Aponte will be sentenced to serve 7 ½ years of a 30-year prison sentence on Oct. 21.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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