PLAINVILLE - New Britain police have charged a second man in connection with the killing of a Southington man in 2004 believed to be tied to a religious cult.
Police allege that Sorek Minery, 42, of Burlington, and Rudy Hannon, 72, a former area resident, killed Paul Sweetman, 70, of Southington, and dismembered his body which was buried in part under a shed on Leo Street in New Britain until 2016.
Sweetman was actively involved with “Brother Julius,” Julius Schacknow, who died in 1996, who ran a religious cult in central Connecticut in the 1990s and 1980s, according to published reports.
Minery and Hannon were charged with murder and felony murder. Minery was arrested Tuesday in connection in Sweetman’s death. The 70-year-old Sweetman disappeared in 2004. Police believe he was killed in Minery’s construction firm in Plainville shortly after his disappearance, stuffed in a freezer and then dismembered, according to an arrest warrant.
New Britain police found a human leg later determined to belong to Sweeten in the area of Shuttle Meadow golf course in 2004. Hannon told New Britain investigators in 2016 that he and Minery decided to kill Sweetman because the Southington man had hurt his wife. The three men were part of the same religious group, court papers said. The warrant for Hannon’s arrest does not specify which religious organization the three were involved with.
Hannon claimed that he brought Sweetman to Minery’s Plainville construction shop thinking Minery was going to beat the Southington man. Instead, Hannon said, Minery killed Sweetman and then Hannon helped place Sweetman’s body in a freezer. Minery later chopped up the body and buried parts in various places in New Britain, the warrant said.
Minery told investigators that he showed up at his Plainville shop one day and found Hannon standing over Sweetman’s dead body. Minery also said he and Hannon placed Sweetman in the freezer, the warrant for Hannon’s arrest said.
Minery, who is being held on $5 million bond, is expected to be arraigned today in Bristol Superior Court.
Hannon appeared in New Britain Superior Court today.
The arrest warrant in Minery’s case has been sealed, so no additional information about the allegations has been made available.Hannon’s arrest warrant was unsealed after his court appearance today. A New Britain Superior Court judge ordered that the two men be kept in separate corrections facilities. Hannon is being held on $2 million bond.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.