HARTFORD — A judge found on Tuesday that Timothy Turman, who was acquitted last week of murder and other charges related to the fatal shooting of a Hartford man in 2011, violated his probation from a 2006 robbery.
Turman, 26, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison.
The homicide victim, 21-year-old Jarrell Warmington, was shot and killed in May 2011 during a drug deal that turned out to be a robbery, according to an arrest warrant.
"It's not quite justice for Jarrell but at least society is a little better off for the next 10 years without this social deviant on the street," said Mark Bibbins, Warmington's uncle.
In trying to explain why his fingerprints were in a vehicle tied to the shooting, Turman told police he had been in the car earlier in the day to sell crack cocaine, said prosecutor Thomas Garcia.
Turman was on probation at the time, and that admission was enough to find him in violation, Judge Julia D. Dewey said. But she also said she was convinced that Turman was involved in the robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery that led to Warmington's death.
Warmington's relatives — who were disappointed by Friday's verdict — were not present during Tuesday's sentencing but were informed of Dewey's comments by the state's attorney's office and expressed appreciation.
"I was very happy the judge did express that. She took into consideration his crimes," said Warmington's mother, Angela S. Warmington.
"At least [Turman] is going to jail for something," she said.
On Friday, jurors found Turman not guilty of felony murder, criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
Jarrell Warmington, a Hartford Public High School graduate, had been enrolled in Capital Community College in Hartford, where he was majoring in criminal justice, according to his obituary. His father is a police sergeant in Wethersfield.