A decide dealt prolonged sentences to 2 siblings on Tuesday for murdering a younger man and the sufferer’s dad and mom. The brother acquired a life sentence plus 105 years in jail, whereas the adoptive sister, a cooperating witness who incriminated him on the witness stand, acquired a 40-year sentence.
Sergio Correa, 30, continued to keep up his innocence at a sentencing listening to. His adoptive sister Ruth Correa had testified that her brother killed Matthew Lindquist, 21; Matthew’s father Kenneth Lindquist, 56; and mom Janet Lindquist, 61. Ruth advised the trial court docket that Sergio made her take part within the crime.
“There’s nothing I can say that can take away the harm, the ache, and as sorry as I’m, phrases don’t matter,” Ruth Correa stated, in keeping with WTNH.
For his half, Sergio voiced plans to go professional se.
“I want to characterize myself and file motions that they received’t file,” he reportedly stated. “It’s my life. I’m the one who has to do the time for against the law I didn’t commit.”
The prosecution’s model of occasions is certainly one of betrayal and brutality.
Matthew, who was in a drug relapse, coordinated a drug cope with Sergio, authorities stated. However as an alternative of a simple payoff, they labored collectively to stage a theft on the Lindquist’s household residence in Griswold, Connecticut. Matthew would give Sergio entry to his household’s secure to get the Lindquist dad and mom’ weapons. In return, Sergio would give over money and heroin.
“U nonetheless obtained that tremendous hearth [potent heroin] u have been speaking about?” Matthew texted at 9:03 p.m on Dec. 19, 2017, hours earlier than the killings, in keeping with The Norwich Bulletin.
However when Sergio lastly arrived with Ruth, he turned on Matthew, chasing him into the woods close to the house. Ruth, who took a 40-year deal in trade for her testimony, stated that her brother hit Matthew Lindquist behind the top with a machete. She claimed that her brother bodily guided her to becoming a member of in on the slaying.
“After that, he grabbed my arm with the knife in my hand and made me stab him,” she stated, in keeping with NBC Connecticut. “He grabbed my arm and pushed my hand down into Matthew’s pores and skin.”
Her brother’s protection attacked her credibility at trial, emphasizing that she had modified her story, and grilling her on her psychological well being historical past.
All advised, nonetheless, jurors believed the state’s case towards Sergio.
Ruth Correa testified that her brother hit Kenneth Lindquist within the head with a baseball bat, after which killed Janet too. Kenneth’s cranium was damaged into greater than 30 items. Janet, who prosecutors stated was additionally crushed with the bat and strangled with a rope, sustained two presumably deadly accidents to her head however was alive throughout the hearth, inhaling smoke.
“This has been probably the most tragic and devastating second I’ve ever skilled,” Matthew’s sister Danielle Lindquist stated in a sufferer impression assertion on Tuesday, in keeping with WTNH.
Matthew’s brother Eric Lindquist lamented how their dad and mom missed out on the remainder of their lives collectively.
“They’d a life-time forward of them, arguably one of the best a part of their life collectively, that was senselessly taken from them by the hands of evil soulless creatures,” he stated.
[Screenshot via WTNH]
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