NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has pleaded no contest in the fatal shooting of his grandfather who was hosting a drunken party in 2015.
Thirty-two-year-old Ryan Bacon accepted a plea deal with a split sentence of eight to 15 years. The Caledonian-Record reports the deal comes two weeks before Bacon was scheduled to face a jury trial on charges of second degree murder and manslaughter.
Police say Bacon shot Lou-Ron Schneider after an argument at Schneider’s home.
Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett says the murder charge will be dismissed at sentencing.
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Barrett and Bacon’s defense attorney spent most of Tuesday afternoon cutting the deal. Bacon’s attorney says some details in the police affidavit weren’t correct.
Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com