ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Stay Connected
ADVERTISEMENT


Man pleads guilty to murder of Wallingford woman


NEW HAVEN — A day after jury selection began, a Meriden man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of his girlfriend in 2011.

Luis Roman, 43, formerly of 140 S. Colony St., agreed to a 30-year prison sentence for killing Susan Mazzarella, 54, in her apartment at 19 Danny’s Way, Wallingford. Mazzerella, who was not found for several days, was strangled.

Roman, Mazzarella’s live-in boyfriend, was quickly identified as a suspect after police interviewed witnesses. Mazzarella had been the victim of two domestic violence cases involving Roman in June 2010. In the first incident, Roman hit Mazzarella in the face multiple times. In the second, Roman hit and threatened to kill Mazzarella. Roman was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after one year, in those cases. He was released on June 20, 2011.

Roman has been held on a $1.5 million bond since his arrest on July 27,2011. Jury selection for Roman’s trial began Tuesday.

In Superior Court on Wednesday, Judge Patrick Clifford accepted the guilty plea after making Roman aware of the rights he was giving up by not going to trial. Clifford told Roman that the minimum sentence for a murder conviction is 25 years and the maximum is 60 years, and that Roman had agreed to a 30-year sentence. Roman said he understood.

Roman is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7.

Roman confessed to killing Mazerella when speaking with police, saying he hit her after they got into an argument and Mazerella threatened to call the police. Roman told police Mazerella was struggling to breathe and he covered her face with a towel, and then was too scared to call 911. Roman slept on the couch until the next morning, court documents said.

Outside court Roman’s attorney Walter Bansley said his client has always maintained that Mazzarella’s death was an accident. Roman accepts responsibility and didn’t want to take the case to trial, Bansley said.



Back to WallingfordNews
Top Stories of the Week

Four charged after man stabbed in neck outside Meriden residence …
MERIDEN — A police investigation led to the arrest of four people this month on assault charges stemming from a fight outside a Springdale Avenue … more ...

Police: Former employee and accomplice stole cash register from Meriden …
MERIDEN — Two city women face burglary charges after police say they stole a cash register from a Colony Street restaurant. The owner of the … more ...

Wilcox principal on leave, letters detail ‘leadership and communication’ issues …
MERIDEN — Lisa Hylwa, the principal of Wilcox Technical High School, was placed on administrative leave in January pending an investigation by the state technical … more ...

Man who drove killer of Meriden convenience store owner accepts …
MERIDEN — Willie Breyette, the New Britain man accused of being an accomplice in the 2012 killing of a 70-year-old convenience store owner, agreed to … more ...

Maloney’s small gym to become cafeteria during construction work, Domino’s …
MERIDEN — While the cafeteria and kitchen at Maloney High School were being cleaned almost immediately after lunch was served Friday afternoon, the auxiliary gymnasium … more ...

Latest Comments