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California man found guilty of murder in homicide of Meriden native Loredana Nesci

California man found guilty of murder in homicide of Meriden native Loredana Nesci

A jury found a California man guilty of second-degree murder in the 2015 homicide of his girlfriend and Meriden native Loredana Nesci.

Robert Reagan, 53, will be sentenced to 16 years to life in prison on Sept. 19, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Jurors announced the verdict Friday after three days of deliberations.

Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski said jurors found that a knife was used in the homicide.

Meriden Police Detective Sgt. Rob Nesci said Monday that he was pleased with the prosecutor and the jury. He said the verdict provided a “sense of justice” and hoped Reagan will serve “plenty of time to think about what he’s done.”

Reagan’s attorney Shepard Kopp declined to comment on the verdict.

Nesci, 47, was found stabbed to death in a Redondo Beach, California home she and Reagan shared together in July 2015.

After his sister’s death, former Meriden police Lt. Sal Nesci took custody of her then 5-year-old son, Rocco.

“You can never escape the thought of what happened that day,” he previously said. “When you get up in the morning, you get him ready to go to school, what’s the first thing you think about?”

Loredana Nesci graduated from Platt High School in 1986 and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. In 1996, she moved to California and joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

She returned to Connecticut in 1998 and enrolled at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. She graduated in 2002 and joined Cadden, Ivers & Ivers law firm in Meriden, where she handled workers’ compensation cases, personal injury and family law cases.

She moved back to California in 2004 to start her own law practice. Nesci later starred in the reality television series, “Loredana, Esq.” which premiered in March 2014 on the Sundance TV channel.

Rob Nesci previously said his sister was an inspiration to many, “a prime example of brains and beauty” who set high standards for herself. She was the older sister who always had the back of her younger brothers.

He recalled visiting his sister in California, and a conversation they had while driving through Beverly Hills. She looked him straight in the eyes and said that some day, “she would make it big,” he said. “I can submit today that she was well on her way.”

Twitter: @BryanLipiner


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