Hartford man convicted in 2011 murder case

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A federal jury has found a Hartford man guilty of a 2011 murder.

United States Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane announced on Friday that a federal jury in New Haven has found Karl Roye, 25, of Hartford, guilty of the murder of Anthony Parker of Hartford in April 2011. On Thursday, Roye was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering and one count of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering.

According to police reports, the Hartford Police Department responded at approximately 10:47 AM on April 6th, 2011 to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 15 Thomaston Street in the Blue Hills Section of Hartford. Officers at the scene located Anthony Parker, 24, seated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the driveway. Parker was unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and was pronounced deceased when brought to Saint Francis Hospital.

Roye and accomplice Jimel Frank were members of the group known as “Team Grease”. According to trial testimony and evidence, the two men were both armed with 9mm handguns and opened fire on Parker from opposite sides of the vehicle in which he was seated. Frank pleaded guilty on November 12th, 2015, and awaits sentencing.

This case stems from a long-term investigation into narcotics trafficking by members and associates of the Westhell and Team Grease groups and group-related violent activity.

Roye’s sentencing has been scheduled for October 27th, 2016, at which time he faces a mandatory life term of imprisonment.

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