By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend in a case that led to stricter state domestic violence laws.
The judge had earlier granted 31-year-old James Carter II’s request not to attend his sentencing Friday in New Britain Superior Court.
Carter was convicted in November of murder and violating a restraining order in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Tiana Notice outside her Plainville apartment on Valentine’s Day 2009. He could have faced 65 years.
Prosecutors say Notice and Carter broke up in December 2008 and she obtained a restraining order, but Carter stabbed her 18 times.
The killing was one of several acts of domestic violence that prompted tougher laws in Connecticut, including requiring offenders to undergo electronic monitoring and surrender firearms.
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