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"Let’s throw away the key and have them spend the rest of their natural lives in jail."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the state House voted to repeal Connecticut’s seldom-used death penalty late Wednesday. Malloy has pledged to sign the bill.

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"Does a moral society execute people? Haven’t we then become the evil we’re trying to eliminate?"

State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford. Connecticut is poised to become the 17th state to abolish the death penalty after the state Senate passed a bill early Thursday morning repealing capital punishment, Daniela Altimari and Jon Lender report.

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"I hope every day as you sit in prison that you have to watch your back, living in fear that someday that someone will kill you, and at your last breath that you will think of Mary Ellen and how you took her last breath away from her."

Carol Larese at the sentencing of Leslie Williams, the 35-year-old convict who shot Larese in the head and raped and killed her friend, Mary Ellen Welsh, 61. Larese played dead during the 2008 home invasion in New Britain. Williams was sentenced to life in prison.

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"I am really sad that I shot those two people and I did it because I was so angry at them."

Victor Valcarcel Sr. to investigators after he was arrested for shooting two supervisors at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. Valcarcel, a 64-year-old maintenance worker, says he couldn’t do enough work to satisfy his new boss.

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SWAT members gathered Wednesday night after two supervisors at the Hospital For Special Care in New Britain were shot in the chest, allegedly by 64-year-old employee Victor Valcarcel Sr. John Woike photo.

SWAT members gathered Wednesday night after two supervisors at the Hospital For Special Care in New Britain were shot in the chest, allegedly by 64-year-old employee Victor Valcarcel Sr. John Woike photo.

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"They’re putting the squeeze on him so he’ll open up on other things. They mentioned it, about the pictures, when they picked me up and took me down to the federal joint. I don’t know nothing about no pictures."

Andrew Parente on the feds’ case against Hartford wiseguy Robert Gentile, 75, who was busted with Parente recently for allegedly selling prescription painkillers. But associates believe the FBI is interested in Gentile for another reason — potential inside information on the 1990 heist of 13 masterworks from a Boston museum, Ed Mahony reports.