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Serial killer assaulted Danbury man awaiting sentencing

December 19, 2018

DANBURY — A city man scheduled to be sentenced for his role in a human trafficking ring suffered a broken nose and orbital socket at the hands of convicted serial killer William Devin Howell, the Hartford Courant reports.

The assault happened on Dec. 3 at Cheshire Correction Institution. The prison houses Howell in one of the few protective-custody units in the state. For the assault, the Courant reports, Howell was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct for hitting Robert King Jr. in the face.

Law enforcement sources told the Courant that King was treated at UConn Health after Howell allegedly broke his nose and orbital socket.

Since the incident, the Courant reports, King, 52, was transferred to the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Montville. He awaits sentencing next month in Danbury.

King ran a decades-long sex trafficking ring from his trailer on Danbury’s west side, as previously reported by Hearst Connecticut Media. He was arrested on sex trafficking charges in 2016 after authorities said he ran a ring that targeted young men with mental health and addiction problems for more than 20 years.

William Trefzger, of Westport, and Bruce Bemer, of Glastonbury, were also charged in connection with the trafficking ring.

Howell was arraigned earlier this month and is expected back in court on Jan. 15. He is serving six consecutive life terms for the murders of five women and one man whose bodies he dumped behind a New Britain strip mall. He was arrested in Sept. 2015. He had been in prison for a 2003 killing.

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