- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend and burying his body beneath a manure pile has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the case.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1tev6GX ) 61-year-old Stephen Pelletier entered the plea on Thursday in Rutland criminal court to a charge that reduced from first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the Castleton man shot 25-year-old Michael Wisell in the back of the head on Pelletier’s 140-acre farm in May 2014. Investigators say Pelletier told them Wisell had been physically abusive to his daughter.

The plea agreement asks that Pelletier receive a sentence that would call for him to serve 10 years behind bars.

Prosecutors say Wisell’s family thinks the terms of the plea agreement are too lenient.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/


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