Bloomfield man sentenced to 55 years for fatal stabbing, assault

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A Bloomfield man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for the murder of Dyshawn Copeland and the assault of a woman in 2020, according to the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.

Hartford State’s Attorney Sharmese L. Walcott announced that the Honorable Kevin C. Doyle sentenced Troy Hayes, 47, to 55 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Copeland and the assault of the second victim.

A Hartford Superior Court Jury found Hayes guilty of murder and first-degree assault on Sept. 23, 2023.

Evidence presented in trial showed that on May 21, 2020, Hartford police received a 911 call from a woman stating that she and her friend had just been stabbed on 40 Sherman Street.

Responding police officers found Copeland on the steps inside the Sherman Street building. Copeland and the second victim were then taken to a local hospital. Copeland was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The woman told police she and Copeland were inside her apartment while waiting for a food delivery. She thought the food delivery person had arrived and opened the door to the building when Hayes rushed in.

She said Hayes bolted to her apartment to confront the Copeland and she chased after him.

According to officials, Hayes poured wine over Copeland’s head before fatally stabbing him.

Hayes tried to stab the woman, but she was able to defend herself. She did sustain stab wounds to the arms.

Witnesses in the trial testified that they saw Hayes driving a red scooter driving through the area at the time of the murder and assault.

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