Cipriani Convicted in Murder-for-Hire Plot

He faces a possible life prison sentence for the deaths of three men

A Hartford Superior Court jury has convicted a former Meriden man of masterminding a triple murder at a Windsor Locks auto repair shop in 2003.

Benedetto Cipriani was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of accessory to murder. He faces a possible life prison sentence.

Cipriani, 53, hired three men to kill B&B Automotive owner Robert Stears because he was having an affair with Stears' wife, prosecutors said.

Two of Stears' co-workers, Barry Rossi and Lorne Stevens, also were killed in the shootings.

Cipriani fled to Italy shortly after the killings. He was returned to the U.S. last year to stand trial.

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