A Vermont farmer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his daughter's boyfriend and burying his body beneath a manure pile.
The Rutland Herald reports that 62-year-old Stephen Pelletier pleaded no contest last year to second-degree murder in a plea deal.
Prosecutors say the Castleton man shot 25-year-old Michael Wisell in the back and head on Pelletier's farm in May 2014. Investigators say Pelletier told them Wisell had been physically abusive to his daughter.
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Judge Cortland Corsones said Tuesday that he was initially inclined to reject the plea deal to send a message that people should not take the law into their own hands.
He noted that Pelletier never sought police help or a restraining order before shooting Wisell, who lived with the family.