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Michael Pajak appears at Hartford Superior Court to plead no contest. Image from Channel 3 pool video.

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ An Enfield man has pleaded no contest to criminal charges in a highway crash that killed a Connecticut state trooper.

Michael Pajak is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The 33-year-old Pajak pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

Pajak was charged in the death of Trooper Kenneth Hall, who was fatally injured last September during a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Enfield.

Prosecutors say Pajak was under the influence of four different drugs when his truck slammed into Hall’s parked cruiser.

He is being held on bond.

Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 1.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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