Connecticut killer sentenced to death

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for gunning down two adults and a 9-year-old girl in Bridgeport in 2006.

A state judge in Bridgeport ruled Thursday that 49-year-old former Trumbull resident Richard Roszkowski should die by lethal injection. A jury in March recommended death instead of life in prison.

Roszkowski was convicted in 2009 of killing his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend, Holly Flannery, her 9-year-old daughter, Kylie, and 38-year-old Thomas Gaudet. Police said Roszkowski falsely believed Flannery and Gaudet were romantically involved.

“Our hearts break as every one of Kylie’s would-be milestones happen,” her grandmother, Florence Tipke, said in the courtroom. “A life never lived. It’s all too sad and should never have happened.”

“In my heart I know Holly and Kylie are at peace because they are with God,” said Kylie’s grandfather, Erich Tipke. “So for you, Mr. Roszkowski, I want the same fear to stay with him as he sits in his little room waiting to die but also knowing his will be with him for eternity in hell.”

Defense lawyers argued Roszkowski shouldn’t be executed because he has paranoid delusion disorder, while the prosecution denied Roszkowski is mentally ill.

“I’m truly sorry, deeply remorseful for what happened and I’m truly deeply sorry for the pain I have caused to you and all family members,” Roszkowski said.

Connecticut repealed the death penalty in 2012, but only for future murders.

There will be an automatic appeal of Roszkowski’s death sentence, under state law.

News 8’s Mark Davis contributed to this report.

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