- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has reduced the sentence of a Vermont man convicted of setting a fire that killed four people in 1999, with the possibility he could be released in five years or less.

Thirty-four-year-old Eric Williams confessed to setting the Milton home on fire, killing Amelia Perreault and her three grandsons, ages 3 to 11. He challenged his 40-to-60 year sentence, saying he was coerced into a plea deal. The state Supreme Court found in his favor and ordered a resentencing hearing.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/136g7l8) the new sentence calls for eight to 15 years on each of four involuntary manslaughter counts, to be served consecutively, with credit for time served and taking into account a Department of Corrections formula.

Perreault family members left the court upset and crying.

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