Former Connecticut man charged in 14-year-old murder case of Southington man

Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:24


Police have charged a former Connecticut man in connection with a 14-year-old murder case.

Rudy Hannon, 72, faces charges of murder and felony murder in connection with the death of 70-year-old Paul Sweetman, of Southington, who was killed in July 2004. His body was found in Plainville at the time.

Hannon was extradited from Indian Springs, Nev. - as he was serving time in the Northern Nevada Correction Center - to New Britain. New Britain police took him into custody Tuesday, at about 12:35 a.m., according to court documents.

New Britain police said their detectives worked extensively on the case, and that they received assistance from Connecticut State Police, Southington police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tthe Connecticut Forensic Science Lab and the State’s Attorney Office.

Police have not released further information about the case, and the arrest warrant in the matter has been ordered sealed.

According to court officials, Hannon lived in Connecticut for about five years, between 2003 and 2007.

Hannon was arraigned Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said his lengthy criminal history - in which he has spent 17 years in federal prison - includes convictions of kidnapping, robbery, escape, assault, theft, forgery and possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $2 million, and the case was transferred to court in New Britain - where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted. He is scheduled to appear there on Wednesday.

Upon a request made by The Bristol Press at Bristol court for any and all documents related to Hannon’s case, following his arraignment, state prosecutors were made aware that a search warrant in the matter was releasable to the public. Hannon was then brought before Judge Marcia Gleeson again, when she granted a request by prosecutors to seal the search warrant.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , Plainville, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:24. Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:26.