Man who shot good Samaritan gets 45 years in prison

New London

A man convicted of fatally shooting a good Samaritan coming to the aid of a woman being assaulted outside a Connecticut bar has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

The Day of New London reports ( that Dante Hughes was sentenced Wednesday, three months after he was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the December 2016 killing of 24-year-old Joey Gingerella in the parking lot of a Groton pub.

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Witnesses told police Hughes was assaulting his girlfriend and Gingerella stepped in to stop it.

The 32-year-old Hughes, who claimed self-defense, apologized to Gingerella’s family, calling the shooting “unnecessary.”

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The victim’s mother, Tammy de la Cruz, said in a victim impact statement she has cried every day since her son’s death.

Gingerella is the stepson of state Rep. Joe de la Cruz.

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