— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.