- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man convicted last year of stabbing his neighbor to death has chosen not to appeal his case.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1UWzymz ) 29-year-old Daniel Whalon, of Burlington, appeared in court Wednesday and waived an automatic appeal of his case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Whalon pleaded guilty in April 2014 in the 2011 death of 54-year-old Ralph Bell near a railroad bridge. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Police affidavits said the two men were tenants of the same apartment house.

Whalon said in court that he understood the rights he is giving up by waiving the appeal. He remains jailed at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport.

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