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Vega rejects plea offer in 2010 New London murder case

Published January 16. 2014 5:00PM   Updated January 16. 2014 6:00PM

A 30-year-old man accused of storming into a New London apartment three years ago and opening fire with a revolver, killing 21-year-old Rahmel Perry and injuring another man, has turned down a prosecutor’s offer to plead guilty in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.

Miguel “Mikey” Vega wants a trial.

Vega rejected State’s Attorney Michael L. Regan’s plea offer when he appeared Thursday in New London Superior Court. His case was added to the trial list.

Vega is accused of bursting into an apartment at 53 Prest St. with a revolver and opening fire on March 3, 2010, after a bar brawl concerning the mother of Vega’s child. He has been held in lieu of $2 million since he was extradited from Georgia in 2011 and brought to Connecticut to face murder, home invasion, assault and weapon charges.

At a preliminary court hearing in September 2011, witnesses testified that Vega had kicked down the door of a second-floor apartment at 53 Prest St. after a fight at the Galley, a State Street bar. Vega announced that “this wasn’t a game,” and started shooting, according to the witnesses.

One woman jumped out the window to escape the gunfire and others scrambled for cover, the witnesses said. When the shooting was over, Perry lay fatally wounded on the couch. His friend Michael Ellis Jr. had been shot in the back and leg.

Vega’s relatives and member of Perry’s family have attended dozens of court appearances while the case was pending. Vega is represented by attorney John E. Franckling.

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