Connecticut convict confesses to June ’08 killing, but maintains innocence in double-murder committed later that year with the same gun
A Connecticut man serving 100 years in prison for murdering two men insists he’s not guilty of those killings, but confessed to a third that will add a decade to his sentence.
Harold Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to fatally shooting Raymond Hite in June 2008, according to the Hartford Courant. However, the 37-year-old convict is appealing a conviction in May in which a jury found that he killed a 21 and a 23-year-old man in an early morning drive-by shooting in Hartford a couple months after Hite’s murder.
Police reportedly knew the bullets that killed all three of Patterson’s alleged victims were fired from the same 9-mm. pistol, but the 11-year-old murder cases went cold when cops couldn’t link the killer to the gun. A witness reportedly came forth in 2016 who helped police connect the dots.
The judge who sentenced Patterson to a century behind bars called the the first two murders senseless.
“The defendant has slain two people and there was no reason for the killings,” Judge James Graham said.