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HARTFORD — A convicted felon who turned his life around, won acclaim as a published poet and graduated from Yale Law School has been nominated by Gov. Ned Lamont to serve on a state panel that appoints prosecutors.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is among six people nominated by the Democratic governor Friday to serve on the Criminal Justice Commission.

Betts says he looks forward to using his experience with the criminal justice system to appoint state prosecutors.

The 38-year-old Betts has felony convictions for a carjacking he committed in Virginia two decades ago as a teenager. He served eight years in prison. He received approval to practice law in Connecticut in 2017.

Lamont has renominated state Supreme Court Associate Justice Andrew McDonald to serve as chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission.

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