Brian L. Rooney, a 38-year old man convicted of the killing of Vermont college student, Michelle Gardner-Quinn, in early October of 2006, was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Friday, as reported by The Associated Press.
Michelle Gardner-Quinn was a student at the University of Vermont who disappeared shortly after transferring to the school. She was last seen on a surveillance camera walking with Rooney after reportedly borrowing his cell phone to make a call. The 21-year-old’s body was found in a rock crevice days after the October 7, 2006 encounter. Rooney was convicted of her murder after his DNA was discovered inside her body.
Rooney’s sentence is the only type provided for aggravated murder in the state of Vermont. Vermont law does not allow for the death penalty for a capital offense. After his sentencing, the father of three fired his attorney and accused the judicial system and public of lynching him. In an address to the parents of Gardner-Quinn, he pleaded he was innocent of the crime. The judge in the proceedings called Rooney “the lowest of the low.”
Tiffany Cherry- Wired PR News Writer