Connecticut death row inmate resentenced to life in prison

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Sedrick Cobb

WATERBURY — A Connecticut man on death row for killing a 22-year-old woman in 1989 has been resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty.

Sedrick Cobb appeared Friday in Waterbury Superior Court. He’s the fourth of the state’s 11 death row inmates to be resentenced to life since the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled last year that the death penalty violated the state constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Cobb kidnapped Julia Ashe of Watertown from the parking lot of a Waterbury department store and forced her to drive to a remote location.

Prosecutors said Cobb taped Ashe’s mouth, wrists and ankles and raped her before throwing her into an icy culvert. Her body was discovered two weeks later on Christmas Day.

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