Jury sentences Conn. man to death in 2005 slayings

June 15, 2011 9:58:58 AM PDT
Federal prosecutors say a jury has imposed the death penalty on a reputed drug dealer convicted of killing three people in a turf dispute in 2005 in Bridgeport.

Tom Carson, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, said Wednesday the federal jury in New Haven decided 29-year-old Azibo Aquart should receive a death sentence. Aquart was convicted in May of racketeering, murder and conspiracy.

Aquart was one of three men charged in the beating deaths of 43-year-old Tina Johnson, 40-year-old James Reid and 54-year-old Basil Williams.

Carson said the jury reached death verdicts for the killing of Johnson and Williams, but couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on punishment for Reid's killing.