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Hartford man gets 37 years in prison for 2 killings featured on 'cold case playing cards'

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — A Hartford man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for two killings in 2006 and 2009 that had been featured on "cold case playing cards" that authorities hand out in an effort to get tips on unsolved cases.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hector Torres was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.

He pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 20-year-old Derrick Comrie outside of Bulkeley High School in Hartford on Jan. 10, 2006, and killing 28-year-old Luis "Berto" Benitez, who was found wounded outside a convenience store in Hartford on Dec. 7, 2009, and died three months later.

Torres was arrested in Comrie's death after authorities got a tip through the cold case playing cards. He was charged in Benitez's killing during a grand jury investigation into organized crime activities.

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