From DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut businessman convicted in a ring known by prosecutors as a human trafficking ring that killed young men was stabbed to death in an apparent episode of domestic violence Tuesday night, according to his attorney.
Bruce Bemer has been released from hospital and is expected to recover fully from the attack at his Glastonbury home, his lawyer Anthony Spinella said Wednesday.
Glastonbury police said they had indicted Jason McCormick, Beber’s longtime domestic partner, of attempted murder and other crimes. McCormick was arrested on bail for $ 500,000. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer to respond to the allegations.
Police said they found the victim with stab wounds in the garage and McCormick nearby with self-inflicted knife wounds on the arms.
Glastonbury police chief Corey Davis said he could not publish the victim’s name due to domestic violence laws.
Spinella said the attack was not provoked.
“My client will recover from the injuries sustained in an unprovoked attack. We are grateful for that, ”he said.
Bemer was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year after being convicted of paternalism against victims of human trafficking. He has denied the allegations and was free pending appeal.
Bemer, who owns the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and other companies, was one of three men convicted in the human trafficking ring. Prosecutors said they hunted young men who were mentally ill and mentally disabled.
Police have said they have identified at least 15 victims but believe there could be dozens more, dating back to the 1990s.
One of the other men convicted in the case, Robert King from Danbury, found some of the victims in drug rehabilitation centers, police said. According to arrest warrants, he gave them drugs, including heroin and cocaine, and took them to Bemer and other men for the sexual act so they could earn money to repay him for the drugs.
Bemer admitted that he patronized prostitutes but denied any role in human trafficking.
King was sentenced to more than four years in prison last year.
The third man, William Trefzger of Westport, pleaded guilty to patronizing a trafficked person and was sentenced to one year in prison.
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