- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man charged in the 2010 killing of a 78-year-old grandmother has been denied a reconsideration of a sentence in an unrelated case.

The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/2dFgM2p ) reports a Caledonia Superior Court judge denied Keith Baird’s request for a reconsideration of his 12 ½ to 17 ½ year sentence handed down in March 2015 for violating an abuse prevention order.

Authorities say he violated the order by repeatedly calling his ex-girlfriend from a prison telephone. Baird had argued the sentence was unfair and reserved for defendants convicted of more serious crimes.

But the judge ruled that Baird’s prior record, which includes domestic assault convictions, makes his phone calls all the more significant.

Baird remains in prison while awaiting trial in connection with the kidnapping and killing of Pat O’Hagan.

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

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