Luz Vivo said the COVID-19 pandemic has made it urgent that her husband, a convicted killer, get an early release.

BRIDGEPORT — The wife of a convicted killer says her husband deserves to be released early from prison.

Luz Vivo, who married her husband, John Vivo III, while he is serving what she said could amount to a life term behind bars, told Hearst Connecticut Media that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it urgent that her husband get an early release.

“I don’t want him to die in prison. He is not the same man who went in and he deserves a chance to prove it,” the 53-year-old said.

In 1995, John Vivo, the son of a former Bridgeport Police officer, was convicted by a jury of murder, first-degree assault and commission of a felony with a firearm. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison. According to evidence at the trial, on Feb. 23, 1994, Yolanda Martinez and William Terron were crossing a courtyard at the former Evergreen Apartments in Bridgeport when Vivo and two other men, all armed with semiautomatic weapons, ran up to them.

Vivo pulled Terron near a fence where he shot Terron 10 times, killing him, according to trial testimony. Vivo then ran over to where Martinez lay on the ground and shot her in the legs three times.

John Vivo was 21 when he was convicted, he is now 52.Last week, the state Appellate Court denied John Vivo’s appeal that he was given an illegal sentence . […]

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