NEW YORK: A woman accused of killing an Indian graduate student in Connecticut in the summer of 2010, has been sentenced to 38 years in jail.
Vanessa Ortiz, 21, was sentenced mid-December for the death of Arun Narote, a native of Andhra Pradesh, who was working part time at the Norman’s Grocery and Delhi in Bridgeport, Connecticut to support his graduate studies at Stratford University, Virginia.
On July 12, 2010 he was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the store where he worked.
Ortiz pleaded guilty in September 2011 to charges of felony murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. She was one of three individuals charged in Narote’s death. Luis Torres, 25, also pleaded guilty to felony murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and was, likewise, sentenced to 38 years in prison. Marisol Malave, who was convicted of driving the getaway car during the robbery, is awaiting sentencing.
According to prosecutors, Ortiz is the one who pulled the trigger and shot Narote.
India Post News Service