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Killer of 7 in Connecticut sentenced to life in prison

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    William Devin Howell, who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003, pleaded guilty to six murder charges in September and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. He’s also serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the seventh victim’s death.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. >> An East Coast drifter who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 has been sentenced to life in prison.

A state judge in New Britain handed down a 360-year prison sentence Friday for William Devin Howell, who pleaded guilty to six murder charges in September. He’s also serving a 15-year sentence for manslaughter in the seventh person’s death.

Victims’ relatives who spoke during the emotional hearing had angry words for Howell and described how the killings devastated their lives.

The Hampton, Virginia, native apologized in court, saying his acts were “monstrous, cowardly and selfish.”

Howell is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history — not counting mass shootings. The bodies of six women and a man were found buried behind a strip mall in New Britain.

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