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Conn. inmate who orchestrated plot to kill ex-girlfriend while in prison gets extra 20 years

A review of the inmate’s phone conversations and mail revealed that he had ordered the failed hit, which targeted his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend


Tim Dominick

By Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.

NEW LONDON, Conn. — A 29-year-old city man who orchestrated a plot from behind bars to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend was sentenced to 20 years in prison, officials say.

Shaquan Lee-Seales had been convicted of 10 charges earlier this year stemming from a 2019 shooting in New London, the New London State’s Attorney’s Office said in a news release, including two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of accessory to attempted murder, risk of injury and inciting injury to persons.

The 20-year sentence, handed down by Superior Court Judge Shari A. Murphy this week, will run consecutively to the prison time Lee-Seales already is serving, the office said.

“The State believes the sentence reflects the serious and shocking nature of Mr. Seales’ conduct,” said Paul J. Narducci, New London state’s attorney.

In November 2019, police were called to a shooting at a home on Third Avenue, officials said. There, officers found a broken window and a “projectile” that had landed on a closet shelf, according to the release.

Just before the shooting, three people covered their faces while walking in the vicinity of Third Avenue, officials said. One of the individuals approached the building on the 100 block of the street when he “suddenly turned and ran,” they said.

Surveillance camera depicted a crack in the second floor street-side window, officials said, adding that New London Police Department’s dispatch received a 911 call for a shot being fired into that residence, and police found the broken window and a projectile resting on a closet shelf.

Lee-Seales, who had been incarcerated on an unrelated matter, had been placed on phone and mail review, officials said. A review of both phone conversations and written correspondence revealed that Lee-Seales had ordered the failed hit, which targeted his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, according to the release.


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