A Hartford man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2010 murder case, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Dominique Mack, also known as ‘Lil Sweets’ of Hartford, was sentenced Tuesday. On April 27, 2016, a jury found Mack guilty of conspiring to commit witness tampering by murdering one person and planning to murder a second.
In December 2010, Mack was a suspect in a drug conspiracy case and was trying to avoid arrest. Police said that Mack conspired with several others to murder Ian Francis because Mack believed Francis was going to tell authorities where to find him.
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Francis was shot on Dec. 21, 2010 while in his car on Sigourney Street in Hartford. Investigators said that Keronn Miller, an associate of Mack’s lured Francis to that location. Francis died of his injuries on Jan. 15, 2011.
Mack was arrested on June 15, 2011.
Before Mack’s trial began, police were tipped off that Mack, who was in a detention center in Rhode Island, was conspiring with another suspect in his case, Tyquan Lucien to have a potential government witness killed. An undercover officer met with Lucien under the guise of being capable of committing the murder to confirm these suspicions. During this meeting, Lucien ordered the witness killed and made “throat-slashing motions to make his intent clear,” investigators said.
A jury found Mack guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit witness tampering by committing first-degree murder, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and not guilty of two counts of tampering with a witness.
Miller pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the murder of Francis in December 2014 and was sentenced to 210 months of prison on Aug. 2, 2016.
Lucien pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit witness tampering by first-degree murder in August 2014 and awaits sentencing.