Jury Decides on Death Penalty for Ex-Trumbull Man

A jury has issued a death sentence for a former Trumbull man charged with killing a woman, man and child on the city's East Side three years ago.

The sentence for Richard Roszkowski, 44, came down Wednesday afternoon, the Connecticut Post reports, and will be automatically appealed.

On Sept. 7, 2006, Roszkowski shot Holly Flannery and Thomas Gaudet each once in the head on Seaview Avenue, then chased Flannery’s 9-year-old daughter, Kylie, down the street and shot her in the back of the thigh, the face and the side of the head at close range, the Post reports, citing police.

He was found guilty on May 4. The charges included two counts of capital felony, three counts of murder and one count of criminal possession of a firearm.

Roszkowski is the 11th person on death row in Connecticut.

The death penalty was a heated issue during the last legislative session. The General Assembly passed legislation that would have abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life without parole and Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed it last month.  

The last person put to death in the state was Michael Ross, who was convicted of raping and killing several eastern Connecticut women in the 1980s. He was executed on May 13, 2005, by lethal injection.

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