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Arrest Made in Execution-Style Murder of Vermont Man

The suspect in the killing of a former Vermont college student was arrested in Texas

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Federal prosecutors have announced the arrest of a suspect in the 2015 execution-style killing of a Burlington, Vermont man.

Kevin DeOliveira, 23, was found dead in his Greene Street apartment in January 2015. He had been shot in the head, police said.

DeOliveira was originally from New Jersey, and was living in Burlington after attending the University of Vermont.

Federal prosecutors for Vermont announced Monday that federal agents in Texas arrested 24-year-old Richard Monroe in the killing.

Investigators said Monroe was enrolled at Champlain College in Burlington at the time of the shooting death, and that he was dealing cocaine.

Federal prosecutors for Vermont allege the shooting was revenge for a drug debt. They said agents have recovered the gun used in the murder.

A federal judge in El Paso, Texas will decide if Monroe should be brought to Vermont to formally face charges. It was not immediately apparent if Monroe has secured legal representation.

The suspect faces 35 years to life in prison if he is found guilty.

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