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60-Year Sentence In 1997 Murder Of Pregnant Woman

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A New London man who was convicted of murdering a pregnant woman in 1997 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The Day of New London reports  that Dickie Anderson Jr. received the maximum sentence on Monday. He was convicted in April of strangling Renee Pellegrino, whose body was left naked in a street in Waterford.
Anderson and his family insist he’s not guilty.

As New London Superior Court Judge Arthur Hadden handed down the sentence, he mentioned Pellegrino’s suffering, calling it “virtual torture.”

The 42-year-old Anderson also was charged with killing a Norwich woman in 1998, but the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. The judge declared a mistrial.

Anderson was arrested in a police cold case investigation in 2010.
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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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