WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A former Waterbury man is set to be sentenced for his role in the 1999 killing of a woman who authorities say was held down, assaulted and strangled in a basement.

Forty-nine-year-old Barry Smith is scheduled to be sentenced to up to life in prison Tuesday in Waterbury

Superior Court. He was convicted of felony murder by a jury in March in the death of 32-year-old former prison guard Michelle McMasters.

Smith and two other Waterbury men were arrested in connection with the killing in 2009 based on new DNA evidence.

Police say Smith, Lawrence Andrews and Orenthain Daniel had told McMasters to hold crack cocaine for them and later tried to recover the drugs at the murder scene.

Daniel awaits trial and Andrews is serving a 35-year prison sentence.

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


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