Vermont man sentenced for strangling woman

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 12:07 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A Rutland man will spend more than two decades in prison for murdering a woman in 2019.

Thursday, Shawn LaPlant accepted a plea deal for second-degree murder for strangling Alicia Harrington.

Prosecutors say LaPlant killed Harrington in his home following a fight. He then put her body in the back seat of her car and left the car on a road in Proctor.

Vermont Superior Court Judge David Fenster spoke about how LaPlant’s actions have affected Harrington’s family.

“He took a mother from a son. He took a wife from a husband. He took, as I, as the court reasoned from the pre-sentence investigation from a granddaughter to Mr. Harrington’s father. And he took so much from so many others,” Fenster said.

The plea deal carries a sentence of 20 years to life.


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