Christopher DiMeo is now New York's problem.

Although DiMeo has been taking college courses in a Connecticut prison while he was on trial for killing Fairfield jewelers Tim and Kim Donnelly, that all came to an end Friday when he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release for their murders.

"Our agreement with New York State is for him to go back to prison there if he didn't get the death penalty here," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Corradino.

Andrius Banevicius, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, confirmed that DiMeo is "definitely" going back to New York, but for security purposes wouldn't say exactly when.

On Aug. 26, 2005, DiMeo was sentenced in New York to life in prison without release for the December 2004 murder of Thomas Renison during the robbery of Renison's jewelry store in Glen Head, Long Island.

He unsuccessfully fought extradition to Connecticut, fearing the death penalty in the Donnelly case, but once he got here, according to court testimony, adapted well to prison life here.

Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin, however, ruled that once DiMeo finishes his life term in New York he is to be brought to Connecticut to begin his life sentence here.