[Deathpenalty] death penalty news-----VERMONT
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Wed Jan 23 23:22:25 CST 2008
VERMONT----federal death penalty trial
Man faces multiple counts in 2002 slaying, could face death
A federal grand jury in Vermont has indicted a Bronx, N.Y., man on charges
in connection with a slaying more than 5 years in South Burlington.
1 count of the multi-count indictment against Roger Aletras, 35, carries a
possible maximum sentence under federal law of death or up to life in
Under federal law, the U.S. attorney general will make the decision
whether the United States will seek the death penalty.
The decision will be made only after the attorney general completes a
thorough review of the facts and the law, federal prosecutors in Vermont
said in a statement released Wednesday.
No decision has yet been made by the attorney. It is expected to take
several months for that decision to be made. Vermont is one of a dozen
states without a death penalty statute. However, the federal government is
prosecuting the case against Aletras.
2 years ago, Donald R. Fell became the 1st man sentenced to die in Vermont
in more than a half century. Fell is on federal death row in a Terre
Haute, Ind., prison, following his conviction on federal capital crimes
for his role in killing a North Clarendon woman, Terry King.
The crime started with a carjacking in Rutland and ended with a beating
death in New York.
Fell is currently appealing his sentence.
The charges against Aletras in the indictment recently returned by a
federal grand jury in Burlington stem from an armed robbery by men of
approximately 50 pounds of marijuana and a vehicle from 2 other
individuals at a South Burlington hotel in December 2002, federal
prosecutors said in the release.
The indictment charges Aletras with this armed robbery. The other person
in the robbery was Kevin Arkeneau, according to the release.
As alleged in the indictment, Aletras and Arkeneau traveled from New York
City area to Vermont to commit the robbery.
Arkeneau was found dead in a hotel room in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the
following day. He was shot twice in the head at close range. Count 4 of
the indictment charges Aletras with killing Arkeneau.
Aletras is currently in federal prison serving a 19-year sentence after
being convicted of an unrelated firearms charge in New York.
An arraignment date on the latest indictment has not yet been set.
(source: Times Argus)
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