- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Haven man who shot two innocent bystanders to death during a dispute with another man has been sentenced to 125 years in prison.

Thirty-five-year-old Craig Hines was sentenced Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court for the killings of 21-year-old Lakeia Vaughn and 26-year-old Lamont Brockenberry in New Haven in 2000. A jury convicted him in February of two murder counts and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Hines was arrested two years ago in a police cold case investigation.

Prosecutors say Hines opened fire at a man standing near Vaughn and Brockenberry, in an apparent dispute over a gun that was borrowed but never returned to Hines‘ drug-selling associates.

The New Haven Register reports that Hines said just before he was sentenced that he wasn’t the killer.

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