Jean Jacques sentenced to 60 years for Norwich murder

Jean Jacques (Photo: Norwich police)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– A convicted killer will serve 60 years in prison. Jean Jacques was convicted of killing a woman and stuffing her body in a closet and it turns out he was supposed to be deported before the murder happened. Now the victim’s mother wants federal action.

The family’s attorney Chester Fairlie says this is a tragedy in two ways. One, they’re mourning the loss of their daughter. And secondly, it tragic knowing the killer was supposed to be deported back to Haiti.

“We’re trying to raise the issue of why deportation failed,” says Fairlie.

Related: Jury convicts Haitian national in 2015 Norwich killing

Last summer, 25-year-old Casey Chadwick was stabbed to death and stuffed into a closet by 40-year-old Jean Jacques. He was angry as Chadwick’s boyfriend at the time.

Casey Chadwick
Casey Chadwick

Today in court Chadwick’s mother Wendy Hartling called Jacques a coward and talked about how she would never see her daughter again.

Jacques also addressed the court telling the judge and Chadwick’s family that he and Casey were good friends and he could never kill her.

“I felt like jumping over and smacking him actually to tell you the truth because what he said he was saying so many horrible things just so many untruths he was trying to sell to the judge,” says Hartling.

Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed didn’t buy it. She sentenced Jacques to the maximum 60 years in prison.

“It was the best we could hope for and we got it and he’ll never get out never,” says Hartling.

Jacques had only been out of prison 5 months at the time of the murder. He was serving time for trying to kill someone else. Under the immigration code he was supposed to be deported back to Haiti released by ICE.

ICE sent News 8 a statement saying Haiti wouldn’t accept Jacques because he didn’t have the proper paperwork. Now, her mother, Wendy Hartling and her attorney are asking the federal government to make changes so that violent offenders who are immigrants can’t stay in our country.

Related: Federal probe opened in accused immigrant’s deportation case

“We hope that from this tragedy there’ll be a great awareness of how deportation of immigrants who commit serious crimes here is failing,” says Fairlie.

He says the Inspector General is looking into this case.

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