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O'Hagan murder subtext of Norrie sentencing

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A federal judge sentenced Michael Norrie to nearly five years in prison Monday afternoon.
The term is for selling a stolen weapon but most of the hearing focused on Pat O'Hagan's unsolved murder.

Outside Rutland's Federal Courthouse Monday afternoon, relatives of Pat O'Hagan say they're grateful Michael Norrie will continue to stay behind bars. "Sure, I would've loved to see more, but I thought this was fair," said Shawn O'Hagan, O'Hagan's son.

The 23-year-old Norrie is suspected of playing a role in O'Hagan's 2010 murder, but faced an unrelated weapons charge Monday.  When U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss announced his sentence she made that clear, saying "We are not here for that, and I'm not sentencing you for that."

But much of the testimony hinged on Norrie's role in that crime and the various confessions and multiple stories surrounding the tragedy. "Unfortunately we still don't know, none of us really know what happened to our mother on that fateful day," Shawn O'Hagan said.

Pat O'Hagan's children don't live in Vermont, but stayed in her Sheffield home while awaiting Monday's sentencing hearing. They're hopeful the case will progress by the new year.   As WCAX first reported last week,- prosecutors are again reviewing the case for possible murder charges.  Family members say in the meantime, the holiday season is when their loss hurts the most. "We miss our mom. Thanksgiving, Christmas -- it's going to be tough. It is every year," said Matthew O'Hagan, O'Hagan's son.

Norrie's sentencing on the weapons charge came after he sold his dad's gun to a known felon and drug dealer who later used it in an armed robbery.  Norrie's criminal history prior to that is checkered. His attorney's appeals for a lighter sentence due to an IQ of only 62 and sexual abuse as a child, were unsuccessful.

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