Nevada inmate charged with 2004 slaying of Southington man

Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:42


NEW BRITAIN - After 14 years, an arrest has been made in the killing of a Southington man.

New Britain police Monday arrested former Connecticut resident Rudy Hannon, 72, after his extradition from Nevada. He faces charges of murder and felony murder in connection with the death of Paul Sweetman, 70, of Southington, in July 2004.

Sweetman’s body was found in New Britain at the time.

Hannon was extradited from Indian Springs, Nev., where he was serving a sentence in the Northern Nevada Correction Center, to New Britain. New Britain police took him into custody Monday and he was served with an arrest warrant, according to court documents.

New Britain police said their detectives worked extensively on the case, and that they received help from state police, Southington police, the FBI, the Connecticut Forensic Science Lab and the New Britain State’s Attorney Office.

“Detective Thai Tran did a great job with the case,” said his commander, Capt. Jeanette Portalatin who heads the Criminal Investigation Division. Tran has been assigned to the case for about two years, she said.

Police have not released further information about the slaying, and the arrest warrant has been ordered sealed until at least today, when Hannon is expected to appear in felony court at New Britain Superior Court.

According to court officials, Hannon lived in Connecticut between 2003 and 2007.

Hannon was arraigned Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said his lengthy criminal history includes charges of kidnapping, robbery, escape, assault, theft, forgery and possession of a firearm. He has spent 17 years in federal prison.

His bail was set at $2 million, and the case was transferred to court in New Britain, where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted.

Upon a request made by The Bristol Press at Bristol court for any and all documents related to Hannon’s case, following his arraignment, state prosecutors were made aware that a search warrant in the matter was releasable to the public. Hannon was brought before Judge Marcia Gleeson again, at which time she granted a request by prosecutors to seal the warrant.

Staff writer Lisa Backus contributed to this story.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:42. Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:45.