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Sentencing underway for Burlington man charged with murder plot

Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 6:20 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Sentencing for a Burlington man accused of gruesome sex crimes and plotting a murder began Friday in Federal court in Burlington.

Thirty-Seven-year-old Sean Fiore pleaded guilty to paying a woman to make child torture videos and to kidnap, torture, and allegedly kill a man on video. His sentencing hearing began Friday morning, but after eight hours of testimony and legal wrangling, Judge Christina Reiss adjourned the hearing till next week.

The battle of experts in court featured witnesses from both the government and the defense who outlined Fiore’s intent to commit the crimes. Witnesses said the videos sexually excited Fiore and says he was willing to participate in the acts. Both sides referenced several tests and evaluations to determine whether Fiore is a sexual sadist and the likelihood that he would repeat these crimes in the future.

Judge Reiss said she was troubled by the intent -- that the individuals depicted in the video did not try to conceal their identities -- and that she is unsure of whether an adult male was actually killed as a result of the acts.

Deliberation between both sides will continue Wednesday. He faces decades in prison.

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