New Haven man sentenced on gun charge from 2014 shooting

Jeffrey Covington, 18, is charged with murder for the shooting death of a 17-year-old Hamden teen in New Haven on March 24, 2014. (Photo: New Haven Police Department)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man has been sentenced on a weapons charge in connection with a 2014 shooting of two teenage brothers.

Jeffrey Covington, 20, has been sentenced to 15 years in total, suspended after ten years in prison, with three years of probation. On October 19th, a jury found Convington guilty on the charge of carrying a pistol without a permit, but his charges of murder and assault resulted in a mistrial.

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Authorities say the 20-year-old Covington killed Taijhon Washington and injured his 16-year-old brother Travon Washington. Police say there had been a feud between Covington and the Washingtons.

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The shooting prompted a strong reaction from the community. Washington’s mother called on the city to more closely monitor youths who have had previous run-ins with the law.

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In October, The New Haven Register reported that Covington’s lawyer said “the wrong person was on trial,” and his client looks forward to his next court date.

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