Man gets 80-year term for killing of pregnant ex-girlfriend

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Carlton Bryan, 21 (left), and Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, 24 (right)

HARTFORD — A Connecticut man who hired a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Carlton “C.J.” Bryan was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, where a jury convicted him in May of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder.

Prosecutors say Bryan hired his friend Matthew Allen Hall-Davis to kill 21-year-old Shamari Jenkins, who was fatally shot in Hartford in April 2013. The fetus didn’t survive.

Prosecutor Donna Mambrino say Bryan became angry and orchestrated a plan to have Jenkins killed after his efforts to get her to have an abortion failed.

Hall-Davis was convicted of murder and weapons charges. He was sentenced in May to 70 years in prison.