- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont woman who along with her husband was accused of luring a prep-school teacher out of her home and then killing her wants to plead guilty.

Patricia Prue faces trial in March in the 2012 kidnapping and murder of Melissa Jenkins, for which her husband has already been convicted.

Prue wants to accept a plea agreement offered by prosecutors last month for the sole purpose of being allowed to write to her husband, Allen Prue, who is to be sentenced Wednesday, the Caledonian Record reported (https://bit.ly/138zoSF ). Both would face life imprisonment.

Her decision came to light through defense lawyer Brian Marsicovetere’s request for a competency evaluation Monday, which was granted. Marsicovetere has been planning an insanity defense and said he was concerned that Patricia Prue’s decision was an indication of her worsening condition.

She wrote to Marsicovetere on Dec. 8 saying she wanted to accept the state’s offer and wanted counsel “to negotiate a sentence that permitted her and her husband to communicate in writing during their time spent in jail. This represented a stark and sudden deviation from Mrs. Prue’s prior position in this matter,” Marsicovetere wrote.

Under the proposed plea agreement, she would plead guilty to first-degree murder and the other charges against her - aggravated murder, improper disposal of a dead body and multiple counts of possession of child pornography - would be dismissed.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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