Man convicted of felony murder in clerk death

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who shot a store clerk to death in East Hartford is facing a potential life prison sentence after being convicted of felony murder, manslaughter and robbery.

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted 27-year-old Kezlyn Mendez of Hartford on Tuesday in the August 2012 killing of Luthfur “Belal” Tarafdar of Manchester. The Journal Inquirer reports that the jury also found Mendez not guilty of intentionally killing the victim.

Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 12.

Police say Mendez killed Tarafdar during a robbery at the Circle H Food Mart on Burnside Avenue. Mendez signed a statement saying the gun went off by accident, and he said he was ordered to rob the store by a drug dealer to whom he owed $1,700.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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