Appeal rejected in Measles murder case

The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of one of eight people convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of 13-year-old Maryann Measles of New Milford.

The high court in Hartford ruled unanimously Monday to uphold the conviction of Keith Foster. He had been convicted of nine charges, including felony murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree sexual assault and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, and was sentenced in August 2006 to 60 years in prison on a murder charge and 50 years on the other counts.

Mr. Foster, now 32, was the only one of the eight to take his chances with a trial.

Maryann was kidnapped Oct. 19, 1997 while she was waiting in the Big 'Y' parking lot for her mother, who was shopping for groceries.

She was raped and strangled and her body wrapped in a blanket and chains and dumped into the Housatonic River.

-- John Pirro