A Haiti native is guilty of stabbing a Connecticut woman to death last, according to a jury.
The jury came back with the verdict verdict for Jean Jacques on Monday afternoon at New London Superior Court.
Jacques was accused of killing 25-year-old Casey Chadwick and stuffing her body in the closet of a Spaulding Street apartment in Norwich. The murder happened just days after Jacques was released from prison for attempted murder.
Police found the body of Chadwick on June 15, 2015. They said they found signs of trauma on her body. Her death was later ruled a homicide.
Jacques was arrested on June 25, 2015.
"It's tears of joy I guess," Wendy Hartling, who is the victim’s mother, said. "I'm glad its over and they got him."
Hartling has waited over a year to get justice against the man who killed her daughter.
"Her family and her friends love her and miss her very very much," Hartling said.
Police said Jacques is no stranger to brushes with the law.
In 1997, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 17 served for the attempted murder of a Norwich couple. He was released in January of 2015.
According to a family attorney Chester Farley, Jacques is an illegal immigrant from Haiti. He was supposed to be automatically deported. Federal officials had custody of Jacques several times, but he was released.
"The next part of this very disturbing tragedy is to now inquire about why Jean Jacques wasn’t deported by immigration and customs," Farley said.
The family said they are pushing for an investigation to be done to answer that question. They want to ensure it never happens to another family
As for Jacques, he is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6.
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