- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An East Hartford man who was convicted of murder in the 2009 shooting deaths of two people in Hartford has been sentenced to 80 years behind bars.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/1obvIuH ) Angel Carrasquillo was sentenced on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Carrasquillo was found guilty in November of killing 23-year-old Leida Franqui and 32-year-old Luis Rodriguez in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 2009.

Prosecutors said Carrasquillo and two others killed Rodriguez because he was selling drugs in Los Solidos gang territory. They said Franqui was killed because she witnessed the killing.

The defense argued the witnesses against Carrasquillo were unreliable and that there was no evidence that he shot anyone.

Carrasquillo maintained his innocence at the hearing, saying he had nothing to do with the crimes.

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

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