Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Manchester Motel Killing

One of two men arrested in connection with a murder at Manchester motel last spring has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to the office of the clerk at Hartford Superior Court.

Lorenzo Billy Hernandez pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and third-degree burglary Monday.

Hernandez and co-defendant Benjamin Thibodeau are accused of killing Bienvenido Tosado at the Manchester Inn on March 25, 2014. Thibodeau has been charged with felony murder, accessory to murder and first-degree burglary.

At the time of his arrest, police said Hernandez knew the victim and the attack was not random.

According to the Journal Inquirer, Tosado was beaten to death in a rented room at the Manchester Inn at 100 East Center Street.

Hernandez was initally charged with murder, felony murder, four counts of first-degree burglary and tampering with evidence. He pleaded not guilty to all the original charges, according to online court records.

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