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Man Gets 80-Year Term After Killing Of Pregnant Girlfriend

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Jul 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:29:42-04

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Carlton "C.J." Bryan, age 24, was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, where a jury convicted him in May of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder. He had pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said Bryan hired his friend Matthew Allen Hall-Davis to kill 21-year-old Shamari Jenkins, who was fatally shot in 2013. The fetus didn't survive.

Prosecutors said Bryan became angry and orchestrated a plan to have Jenkins killed after his efforts to get her to have an abortion failed.

Hall-Davis was convicted of murder and weapons charges and apologized. He was sentenced in May to 70 years in prison. 

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