Family struggles for closure in Vermont women's murder

Sunday June 16, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Relatives of a 78-year-old Vermont woman abducted from her home and killed nearly three years ago are struggling to get closure because no one has been charged in her death.

Prosecutors have linked three men to Pat O'Hagan's 2010 death in what they think was a botched robbery but don't have enough evidence to bring charges.

One suspect, Richard Fletcher of Sheffield, was sentenced Tuesday in an unrelated child pornography case to more than 15 years in prison. The government was allowed to discuss the O'Hagan case since the judge considered Fletcher's character and criminal conduct as part of sentencing.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss found there was a preponderance of evidence that Fletcher was involved in the crime, but she denied the government's request to add five years to the sentence.


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