A former Connecticut resident extradited to this state from a federal prison in Oklahoma was convicted in the “cold case” homicide of a Milford woman strangled in her home a dozen years ago.
LUIS ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, age 53, pled guilty today in the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree in the slaying of Kelsey Monahon.
Rodriguez will be sentenced in the Milford court on September 25, 2013, and will serve 20 years in prison under the terms of the agreement under which he pled guilty.
Mrs. Monahon, 28, was found unresponsive, the victim of an apparent burglary and robbery in her home on Bittersweet Avenue in the Wildemere Beach neighborhood of Milford on May 25, 2001. She died three days later in Bridgeport Hospital without regaining consciousness.
An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined she was the victim of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide.
An arrest warrant was issued in January 2011 charging Rodriguez as a result of an investigation by a one-judge investigatory grand jury empaneled in April 2010 at the request of Kevin D. Lawlor, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford.
The grand jury investigation was assisted by the Milford Police Department, the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford.
Rodriguez was extradited to Connecticut in June 2013 from Oklahoma where he was serving a federal prison sentence in an unrelated case.
The case was prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford.