Man Pleads Guilty in Connection With Murder-for-Hire Plot

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    Javier Reyes died after being stabbed in New London.

    A New London man has pleaded guilty in connection with a 2012 homicide that federal officials describe as a murder-for-hire plot to take over a drug operation.

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the attack and homicide of Javier Reyes, 36, was connected to a "Green Garages" operation in which marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics were distributed from a series of garage bays at 12/14 Walker Street in New London.

    Officials said former members of the enterprise were attempting to take over the drug operation and Jose Rosado, Jr. and others were paid to attack Reyes.

    On the night of Sept. 12, 2012, Reyes was found outside his apartment at 187 Huntington Street He'd been stabbed several times, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    He was transported to a local hospital, then airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

    Video surveillance taken at the time of the attack shows Rosado, who was carrying a bat, and another person approaching Reyes, then running away from him seconds later, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Rosado has been in police custody since he was arrested in January. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday and could face up to 20 years in prison.