Defendant in Hotel Shooting Rejects Plea Deal

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A New London man accused of fatally shooting another man in a Groton hotel has rejected an offer from the state to plead guilty in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.

A lawyer for Ryan C. Wright tells The Day that he and Wright have talked about the case at length and Wright is “adamant” about going to trial.

Authorities say Wright and a woman conspired to lure Jamel Campbell to the hotel in December 2008, where Campbell was shot in the head. The two men were in an ongoing dispute over a woman.

Wright, who has been held on $1 million bail since his arrest in August 2009, faces a sentence of up to 60 years if he goes to trial and is convicted of murder.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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