- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has unexpectedly pleaded guilty to strangling his girlfriend just days before his murder trial was scheduled to begin.

The Stamford Advocate reports that 48-year-old Bertony Thompson pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing 62-year-old Jacalyn Silverman four years ago in the Norwalk apartment they shared. The plea came on the fourth day of jury selection.

Thompson faces 25 years in prison at sentencing in July.

He entered an Alford plea, meaning while he doesn’t agree with the state’s case he acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

His lawyer said the plea “outweighed the risk the jury might not accept that Bertony Thompson was so intoxicated that his intoxication caused a substantial disturbance of his mental capacities.”

Silverman’s daughter says the plea means her family can finally move on.

___

Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com


Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide