Man sentenced to 47 years in fatal 2012 bar shooting

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 47 years in prison for killing one woman and injuring another when he fired shots in a crowded Norwich bar.

David Grant was sentenced Friday in New London Superior Court. Grant apologized for his actions. Judge Barbara Jongbloed said his long sentence was for the safety of the community.

The Norwich Bulletin reports Grant’s sister asked forgiveness for him and his family.

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Grant was convicted in April of intentional first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault. He was acquitted of murder.

Prosecutors said Grant had fired toward a man standing on the bar’s back deck at around 2 a.m. on June 24, 2012.

He accidentally killed 45-year-old Donna Richardson of New London and wounded 31-year-old Crystal Roderick, the niece of Richardson’s fiance. They were celebrating a family graduation.
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