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Norwich Man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing brother
Twenty-three-year-old Jeffrey Savoy of Norwich pleaded guilty Thursday in New London Superior Court to fatally stabbing his brother, 27-year-old John Coddington, in the neck in Jewett City on Sept. 4, 2012.
Savoy will be sentenced Feb. 7 to 11 years in prison followed by eight years of special parole for manslaughter. He pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which indicates that he doesn’t agree with the state’s allegations but does not want to expose himself to a harsher sentence should he be convicted at trial.
Witnesses said Coddington was stabbed at 231 N. Main St. before he ran, bleeding and calling for help, to the nearby Bestway gas station and convenience store. He was pronounced dead a short time later at The William W. Backus Hospital.
According to state police, Savoy and Coddington argued after Savoy took Coddington’s two young children from the home because Coddington and his girlfriend, Kimberly Bewlay, were arguing, pushing each other and spitting in each other’s face. Savoy put the kids into Bewlay’s Dodge Durango, dropped them off at his sister’s house and returned to Coddington’s residence later to pick up clothes, according to a police report.
Coddington came out of the house swearing, and the encounter turned physical. Savoy allegedly took out a knife with a 3-inch blade. Bewlay said Coddington told Savoy, “Don’t pull a knife on me. If you want to fight, use your hands. I’m your brother.”
When Savoy was arraigned a day later in Superior Court, a judge likened the case to the biblical tale of Cain and Abel. Savoy has been held in lieu of $1,005,000 while his case was pending and is currently being held at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.