Man Sentenced to 125 Years in New Haven Double Murder

Police are working on solving 101 gang murder cold cases.

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    Craig Hines has been sentenced to 125 years in prison for a double murder.

    A man who was found guilty in a 2000 double murder case in New Haven has been sentenced to 125 years in prison.

    Craig "Mousy" Hines, 35, was arrested on April 6, 2011 and found guilty on Feb. 25, 2014 for killing Lakeia Vaughn, a 21-year-old mother of one, and Lamont Brockenberry, 26, on June 1, 2000, outside a Winthrop Avenue apartment. He was sentenced on Tuesday,

    Officials said Hines, a gang member, was in a dispute with a member of a rival gang and fired shots from a car.

    Vaughn and Brockenberry were not the intended targets.

    Vaughn's mother, Phyllis McNeil Vaughn, said she had known Hines since he was in grammar school and that he attended Lakeia's birthday parties and had walked with Lakeia to school.

    The victims’ families attended a news conference about the arrests in 2011.

    This arrest was part of an initiative between the New Haven Police Department and the FBI to re-investigate 101 cold case drug and gang-related killings in New Haven neighborhoods.

    Officer Mike Mastropetre, who is a member of the task force, reviewed the case file and reached out to an informant who provided crucial information that led to the arrest, the Independent reports.

    Then-police Chief Frank Limon said this initiative is about bringing closure to the families affected.

    Part of the plan for New Haven Police and the FBI is to re-interview people and witnesses who came forward with information when the homicides occurred.

    Himes was in federal custody in Indiana on unrelated gun charges at the time of his arrest.

    He has a violent criminal history, including drug trafficking in support of gang-related activity, police said.