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Vt. Supreme Court upholds life sentence in assault

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld the life-without-parole sentence of a former Burlington man convicted of trying to kill his girlfriend.

In a decision issued Friday, the court rejected a post-conviction-relief petition filed by 70-year-old Norman Stevens.

Stevens was sentenced in 2001 for the 1999 assault on his ex-girlfriend who he attacked with a hammer in a motel room and was preparing to set fire to his van with the woman inside. Stevens was stopped by neighbors.

The trial court sentenced Stevens after concluding he had a well-developed plan to kill his ex-girlfriend and that he had tried to shoot his wife and two children in 1977.

The court rejected Stevens' argument the sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

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