NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Haven man who shot two innocent bystanders to death during a dispute with another man has been sentenced to 125 years in prison.
Thirty-five-year-old Craig Hines was sentenced Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court for the killings of 21-year-old Lakeia Vaughn and 26-year-old Lamont Brockenberry in New Haven in 2000. A jury convicted him in February of two murder counts and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Hines was arrested two years ago in a police cold case investigation.
Prosecutors say Hines opened fire at a man standing near Vaughn and Brockenberry, in an apparent dispute over a gun that was borrowed but never returned to Hines’ drug-selling associates.
The New Haven Register reports that Hines said just before he was sentenced that he wasn’t the killer.