Killer Sentenced in Slayings of Men Featured on Cold Case Playing Cards

A Hartford man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison in connection with the slayings of two men featured on the state's Cold Case Playing Cards, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice.

Hector Torres, 27, has been convicted of murder in the January 2006 death of Derrick Comrie, 20, who was found shot outside Bulkeley High School in Hartford after a basketball game.

Torres was also convicted of being an accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Luis "Berto" Benitez, 28, who was found injured in the parking lot of a convenience store on New Britain Avenue in Hartford on Dec. 7, 2009. His death in March 2010 was ruled a homicide.

Comrie was featured on the 9 of clubs and Benitez appeared on the 5 of spades in the second deck of the state's Cold Case Playing Cards, which displayed photos of missing people and unsolved-homicide victims and were passed around prisons.

Torres will spend 37 years behind bars.

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