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Lee-Seales charged with New London murder conspiracy

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New London police have charged two more people in connection with an attempted murder in the city in November 2019.

Shaquan Lee-Seales, 26, who is serving a 15-year sentence for manslaughter, was arraigned Thursday in New London Superior Court and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and accessory to incite injury to a person or property.

He was incarcerated at the time of the incident, in which police said shots were fired, but nobody was injured.

Lee-Seales was arraigned Thursday before Judge Shari L. Murphy, who set his bond at $1 million and continued the case to Oct. 8. The arrest warrant affidavit in the case remains sealed, and police Capt. Brian Wright said the case is still under investigation.

Lee-Seales was the fourth person charged in connection with the incident.

A juvenile who was not identified due to his age at the time of the incident also was arrested this week.

Earlier this month, Sakye Reels-Felder, 20, of Mashantucket and Nitasia Sutton, 21, of New London were arrested. They are both being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Lee-Seales is serving the 15-year prison sentence for shooting and killing innocent bystander Gilberto Olivencia on a New London street during a drug dispute in December 2015. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and third-degree robbery in the midst of his 2018 murder trial. He had faced 60 years in prison if convicted. The prosecution, re-evaluating the strength of the state's case prior to calling key civilian witnesses to testify, had offered Lee-Seales the opportunity to plead guilty to reduced charges in exchange for the 15-year sentence.

According to court documents and testimony, shortly before 11 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2015, Lee-Seales got out of a car near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Grand Street and fired multiple shots toward Olivencia and several others following an earlier encounter on State Pier Road, where Lee-Seales allegedly had assaulted and robbed a 17-year-old drug dealer who "disrespected" him.

k.florin@theday.com

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