BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A notorious drug kingpin who ordered the 1999 killings of a Bridgeport mother and her 8-year-old son was resentenced Friday to life in prison after the state Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty last year, according to the Connecticut Post.
Russell Peeler Jr., who complained about being held in restrictive custody for the rest of his life following the resentencing, told the judge that he wanted it on the record that he objected to being segregated from other prisoners. He was convicted of ordering the killings of Karen Clarke and her son Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr. in order to protect his drug business, said the Connecticut Post.
Peeler was resentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. He is already serving a 105-year sentence for the earlier murder of Clarke's boyfriend. “B.J.” witnessed the killing. His mother refused witness protection, instead moving to the North End. Peeler's younger brother killed the mother and son after discovering their new address, added the Connecticut Post.
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