Driver in fatal shooting of New Haven store clerk gets 20 years

Sanjay Patel Courtesy of India Today

NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2015 shooting death of a clerk at a New Haven convenience store.

The New Haven Register reports that Leighton Vanderberg, who drove two gunmen to the Forbes Avenue convenience store where they shot and killed Sanjay Patel during a robbery, apologized to the victim’s widow in court Wednesday.

He previously pleaded guilty to being an accessory to first-degree robbery and testified for the prosecution in the trials of the two shooters. Both were convicted.

The 25-year-old Vanderberg is already is serving a 40-year sentence for felony murder in the fatal shooting of Jose Salgado, killed while working at his small grocery store in Bridgeport, five days after Patel was slain.