NEW LONDON, Conn. (Conn.) — A brother and sister from Hartford have been sentenced Tuesday for the killings of a pair and their grownup son in what prosecutors referred to as a drug deal that escalated into a house invasion.
Sergio Correa was convicted by a jury in December of homicide and 12 different fees within the 2017 deadly beatings of Kenneth Lindquist, 56, and his spouse, Janet Lindquist, 61, and the stabbing loss of life of their son, Matthew Lindquist, 21, on the household’s Griswold house.
Superior Courtroom Decide Hunchu Kwak in New London imposed the life jail sentence — plus a further 105 years behind bars — on Correa after kinfolk and pals of the victims gave emotional statements.
Correa was given the chance to handle the court docket after sufferer impression statements, he merely reiterated his claims of innocence.
“I want to signify myself and file motions that they gained’t file,” Correa stated. “It’s my life. I’m the one who has to do the time for against the law I didn’t commit.”
Correa’s sister, Ruth Correa, had beforehand pleaded responsible to homicide fees and agreed to testify in opposition to her brother, in trade for a 40-year jail sentence.
“There’s nothing I can say that may take away the damage, the ache, and as sorry as I’m, phrases don’t matter,” Ruth Correa stated in court docket Tuesday.
Eric Lindquist, whose mother and father and brother have been murdered, instructed the choose he deliberate to advocate for stronger felony justice insurance policies. He famous Sergio Correa had been launched from jail a number of months earlier than the killings after ending a theft sentence.
“That they had a life-time forward of them, arguably the perfect a part of their life collectively, that was senselessly taken from them by the hands of evil soulless creatures,” he stated.
Together with remembering the horrors of that December evening, those that spoke additionally shared fond recollections.
“This has been essentially the most tragic and devastating second I’ve ever skilled,” stated Danielle Lindquist, the daughter and sister of the victims.
Police and prosecutors stated Matthew Lindquist made a cope with Sergio Correa to commerce his mother and father’ weapons for medication and money. However when Correa and his sister arrived, they chased Matthew Lindquist into the woods and Sergio Correa struck him with a machete, authorities stated. The brother and sister then stabbed and slashed him greater than 60 instances, officers stated.
The Correas then went to the Lindquist house, the place Sergio Correa beat Kenneth Lindquist to loss of life with a baseball bat, prosecutors stated. Sergio Correa then attacked Janet Lindquist with the bat and strangled her, prosecutors stated.
The Correas collected valuables within the house, together with money, jewellery and even the household’s Christmas presents, and set the home on hearth as they fled, police stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.