HARTFORD, Conn. — A 23-year-old East Hartford who is serving a 32-year sentence for manslaughter has filed an appeal of his conviction to the state Supreme Court.

Michael Fortin was sentenced on June 29 in the 2015 fatal shooting of 38-year-old Jason Marchand in Andover.

According to court documents obtained by the Journal Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2juCqyq), Fortin’s attorney claims a judge should have suppressed statements Fortin made to both a jailhouse informant and state police. Fortin’s attorney also argues the judge gave the jury incorrect instructions about witness comments that were supposed to be struck from the record.

The appeal was filed on Aug. 28.

Prosecutors say Fortin fatally shot Marchand following an argument near Marchand’s home on July 3, 2015.

Fortin, who is originally from Andover, maintained the shooting was in self-defense.

Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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