By Karla Santos For The Bulletin
NEW LONDON — Relatives of a Massachusetts man cried while he was sentenced 15 months in jail for his drug possession charges Friday in New London Superior Court.
Kevin Allen Malone, 30, of 147 Millbrook Road, Springfield, had 21 people in the courtroom supporting him. Seven of them spoke in front of Judge Hillary Strackbein with the purpose of convincing her to give Malone no jail time, or as little jail time as possible.
Katrina Wiggins, a correctional officer, drove all the way from North Carolina to be present at Malone’s sentence. Wiggins told Strackbein that Malone was a “smart and a very bright young man.” Wiggins also emphasized that Malone is a good father, and she asked Strackbein to “give him an opportunity to show who he really is.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Narducci thanked Malone’s support group for going to court.
“No matter what happens today, he has the chance to do good,” Narducci said.
On the other hand, Strackbein was focused on the seriousness of Malone’s crime.
“What you did is devastating our