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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Federal Jury in Vermont Hands Down VT's First Death Sentence Nearly 50 Years

From MSNBC.com: Burlington, VT (AP): "A federal jury Thursday (July 14) ruled that a man should be put to death for kidnapping and killing a supermarket worker in the state’s first capital punishment trial in nearly a half-century.  Jurors reached their decision on Donald Fell, 25, on the second day of deliberations. Vermont has no death penalty; Fell was convicted under federal law....In 2001 Fell had agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life without parole. But that deal was rejected by then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who insisted on the death penalty.  The last execution in Vermont was in 1954. Another defendant was sentenced to death in 1957, but the sentence was later commuted." Story... [Mark Godsey]

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