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Prosecutor Drops Niantic Arson Case Against Shenkman

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Richard Shenkman reacts to the judge's sentence, as his attorney Hugh Keefe takes notes. Pool Photo, The Day/Sean D. Elliot.

Richard Shenkman reacts to the judge’s sentence, as his attorney Hugh Keefe takes notes. Pool Photo, The Day/Sean D. Elliot.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A state prosecutor has dropped a second arson case against a former advertising executive already serving a 70-year prison sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife and burning a house down.

The Day of New London  reports that State’s Attorney Michael Regan said Thursday he won’t prosecute the case against Richard Shenkman, who allegedly burned down his ex-wife’s Niantic home in 2007. Regan says the 63-year-old Shenkman won’t outlive his prison sentence.

A New London Superior Court judge later granted a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Shenkman was sentenced to 70 years in January after being convicted of kidnapping Nancy Tyler in Hartford and holding her hostage in their former South Windsor home for more than 13 hours before fleeing the burning house. Tyler escaped unharmed.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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