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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