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Man convicted in murder outside bar in Derby in drug gang feud


MILFORD, Connecticut — A state jury in Milford has convicted a man of murder in a fatal shooting outside a bar in Derby that authorities say was related to a drug gang dispute.

Jurors deliberated for two hours Tuesday before convicting 26-year-old Cordaryl Silva of Ansonia in the killing of 22-year-old Javon Zimmerman outside R.J.'s Cafe in May 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 24 to up to 60 years in prison and remains detained on $2 million bail.

Silva claimed Zimmerman's family is a drug gang and was responsible for three shootings including two killings. Silva had ranted on Facebook that the Zimmermans weren't funding the prison commissary account of his half-brother, who's in prison for the nonfatal shooting.

Silva testified that someone else he would not name shot Zimmerman.

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