New Britain man sentenced to 55 years in prison for shooting death

Published on Friday, 5 January 2018 16:49
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN – A city man was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday for the murder of Cory Washington who was killed on Roberts Street in 2014.

A jury found Bryant Wilson, 24, formerly of 66 Prospect St. guilty of murdering the 19-year-old Washington in October after a trial.

Washington was found by his mother lying in the street in front of her Roberts Street home after she heard gunfire on the night of Aug. 18, 2014. The 19-year-old was pronounced dead a short while later.

In the days before Washington was fatally shot, Wilson told a friend he was planning on killing Washington due to his ties to a rival gang, according to an arrest warrant.

Four days after the murder, Wilson fired a shot from his apartment into an apartment below after spraying a car with gunfire earlier that day. He confessed to both incidents, according to the warrant, but denied being involved in Washington’s death.

Wilson pleaded guilty to charges connected to the Maple Street gunfire and the bullet through the bathroom ceiling case. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in December 2016 for those cases.

Prosecutor Helen McLellan put two “jail house snitches” on the stand during the murder trial who said Wilson told them he had killed Washington. The jury deliberated for several days, often asking for a replay of testimony, before finding Wilson guilty of murder and of criminal possession of a firearm.

He was sentenced Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court to 55 years in prison for both counts.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 5 January 2018 16:49. Updated: Friday, 5 January 2018 16:51.