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Westport’s Representatives Split on Death Penalty Abolition Vote

Westport’s two state representatives split their votes on Wednesday’s unsuccessful attempt to abolish Connecticut’s death penalty.

The measure was defeated 89-60. Democrat Joe Mioli, a freshman representative whose district covers all but a sliver of Westport, voted yes. Republican Cathy Tymniak, whose district includes a portion of the Greens Farms area, voted no.

The five-hour debate came with New England’s first execution in 45 years looming. The bill would have replaced the death sentence with life in prison without the possibility of release—a move that leaves serial killer Michael Ross’ fate up to the courts.

Legislators who want to end capital punishment had acknowledged for weeks that the abolition bill had no chance of passing. However, they said the House vote allowed them to debate the public policy before Ross’ scheduled May 11 execution by lethal injection.

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