Courant A1 today: “OXFORD, Conn. — Scott Gellatly’s breakup with his second wife, Lori, was hardly a secret among family and friends.
"Before he fatally shot her and seriously wounded her mother at his in-laws’ Oxford home Wednesday morning, police said, Gellatly described the end of his marriage in candid and desperate posts on Facebook, the same social media site where years before he gleefully posted photos of his wedding proposal to Lori at sunset in Key West, Fla., and announced the birth of the couple’s twins.”
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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.
"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.
"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.
"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.