The Day – A New London man who hung out killing Chew was despatched again to jail


NEW LONDON – One of the six men convicted of the stabbing death of Matthew Chew in New London in 2010 is back in prison on new charges.

Marquis Singleton, 28, of 50 Mountain Ave. in New London, was sentenced Monday by Judge Hillary Strackbein to five years in prison on a firearms-related charge and violating his probation.

Singleton was released from prison in October 2018 for manslaughter in the Chew stabbing. He was still on probation when he was arrested and found in possession of a pistol by Norwich Police in November 2020. He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a pistol and one each of illegally carrying a pistol or revolver, interfering with police and stealing a firearm.

Police said Singleton was one of a number of men caught breaking into motor vehicles on Winchester Street in Norwich. When police tried to contact him as part of the investigation, police said Singleton tried to escape and was found with a firearm.

On Monday, Singleton pleaded guilty to carrying a handgun without a permit and admitted to violating his probation. Prosecutors have decided not to pursue the remaining firearms charges.

Singleton’s full sentence for violating probation is eight years probation after five years in prison and five years probation.

Chew, a 25-year-old artist and DJ who grew up in Ledyard and enjoyed New London’s arts scene, had quit his cooking job at 2Wives Pizza on October 29, 2010. He walked down Huntington Street to his The Washington Street apartment is less than a tenth of a mile away. Six teenagers surrounded Chew. One asked Chew if he had a lighter, and then the group began attacking him. When Chew tried to escape and asked, “Why is this happening?” Another member of the group stabbed him with a pocket knife. The youth fled. Chew was able to tell a passerby that he had been jumped on and stabbed. He succumbed to his injuries early in the morning.