NORWALK, Conn. — A man charged with murder in the strangulation death of his longtime girlfriend in their Norwalk home in 2014 turned down a plea bargain to take 30 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, The Hour said.
Bertony Thompson, 46, could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murder.
Thompson rejected the offer in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday and now is expected to go trial in November, The Hour said.
Thompson has been held on $1 million bond since his arrest on Sept. 12, 2014.
Jackie Silverman, 62, was found dead on Sept. 10 in their apartment at 41 Wolfpit Ave. when officers responded on a welfare check on a report of a suicidal male resident, police said.
When officers arrived, they were unable to make contact with the residents and forced entry into the apartment, police said. They found Silverman's body and Thompson unresponsive in a bedroom, police said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and he was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment, police said.
An autopsy ruled the cause of the woman's death a homicide by asphyxiation, police said.
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