Man gets 55 years in prison for store clerk death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who shot a store clerk to death during a robbery in East Hartford has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kezlyn Mendez of Hartford was sentenced Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. A jury convicted him of felony murder, manslaughter and robbery charges.

Authorities say Mendez killed 47-year-old Luthfur “Belal” Tarafdar of Manchester at the Circle H Food Mart on Burnside Avenue in August 2012. Mendez said he was ordered to rob the store by a drug dealer to whom he owed $1,700.

The Journal Inquirer reports Judge Edward Mullarkey said at the sentencing that a surveillance video showing the killing was the most troubling he has ever seen.

Tarafdar’s wife, Shamima Tarafdar, told the judge that she had the perfect family and Mendez ruined it.


Information from: Journal Inquirer,

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