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Stamford Teen Charged In Murder Of Longtime Friend In Bridgeport

Jeremy Middleton is charged in connection with the death of a Stamford friend who was shot to death in Bridgeport in August 2016.
Jeremy Middleton is charged in connection with the death of a Stamford friend who was shot to death in Bridgeport in August 2016. Photo Credit: FILE: Stamford Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Stamford teenager was arrested Friday in the shooting death of a friend back in August in a Bridgeport parking lot, the Connecticut Post reported.

Jeremy Middleton, 19,  was charged and arraigned Friday on charges connected with the death of Shane Slinsky, 18, the Post said. He is also facing a number of charges in Norwalk and Stamford in unrelated cases.

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Slinsky was shot twice in the head in broad daylight Aug. 27 in a parking lot on Wood Avenue Terrace in Bridgeport during what police said was a drug deal gone wrong.

Slinky’s mother said Middleton was a longtime friend of her son, the Post said.

Middleton was also arrested last month in Norwalk, the fourth and final suspect in a pair of robberies of Chinese food delivery drivers in January in that city.

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He was charged in a Jan. 9 robbery on Rolling Lane and a Jan. 14 shooting and wounding of a Chinese food delivery driver in Norwalk.

Middleton was also arrested in Stamford on arson charges, in a case involving the burning of a vehicle stolen from a food delivery driver in Bridgeport.

At the time of his death, police said Slinsky had struggled with marijuana use and was part of a teacher sex case in Stamford.

As a student at Stamford High School in 2014, Slinsky and an unidentified friend regularly smoked pot supplied by former English teacher Danielle Watkins, who is now in prison for having a sexual relationship with the friend.

In the months before he was shot to death, Slinsky received a $100,000 settlement from the city for the school administration’s failure to contact police immediately about the teacher's activities.

Before she was sentenced, Watkins also threatened Slinsky at a local Dunkin' Donuts, leading to a longer prison term.

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