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Suspect in Griswold Triple Murder Sentenced to Life in Prison

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A Hartford man who was on trial, accused of the triple murders of a husband, wife and their son in Griswold in December 2017, has been sentenced to life in prison.

There will be no possibility for 30-year-old Sergio Correa's release from prison.

The judge said he was at a loss for words as to the brutality and viciousness of the acts of violence Correa committed.

Correa was accused of killing three members of the Lindquist family - Kenneth, Janet, and their son Matthew - setting their home and car on fire and robbing the family's home.

In December, he was found guilty on 13 of 14 counts, according to the court clerk's office.

Correa was charged with one count of murder with special circumstances, three counts of murder, one count of murder in the commission of an arson, three counts of murder in the commission of a felony, arson, burglary, home invasion, and robbery.

Ruth Correa, Sergio's sister, was also sentenced Tuesday. She previously entered into a plea agreement with the state after agreeing to testify in her brother's trial.

The court sentenced her to a 40-year sentence for three felony murder charges, in accordance with her plea agreement.

In court, several members of the Lindquist family testified as to how their lives have drastically and permanently changed since the murders.

"I don't think I will truly be able to express the pain and heartache I feel every day," said Danielle Nichols, Kenneth's daughter. "They say time heals, but I wouldn't exactly say it like that. We have learned to live without them because we have no choice." 

Eric Lindquist, who survives his mother, father and brother, said he has a weight off his shoulders after the sentencing hearings and thanked the people involved in the process for their work. 

"While my family and I have closure we were looking for, the level of justice, we feel, does not fit the gravity of the crime," said Linquist. "This is an issue that we believe the state needs to work on with its criminal justice policies, some reform that's needed. I look forward to working with the state legislature in the coming years to reform some of those policies that I view as failures and do better for future victims and their families."

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