Man convicted of Montpelier killing gets 25-years-to-life
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The man convicted of the first homicide in Vermont’s capital city since the 1920s has been sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison, the attorney general’s office said Monday.
Jayveon Caballero was sentenced Monday by Vermont Superior Court Judge Marry Morrissey in Barre.
Caballero was convicted last November by a jury of second degree murder for the 2017 shooting death of Markus Austin.
At the time, police said it was the first murder in Montpelier since the 1920s.
Prosecutors say the two men got into an altercation in a Barre bar. Caballero then obtained a pistol, drove to Austin’s apartment in Montpelier, waited for him to return and then shot him to death in the parking lot.
During the trial, defense attorney Daniel Sedon had argued that the killing was accidental, saying the bullet fired by Caballero ricocheted off Austin’s car windshield and hit him as he was standing near the vehicle.
The case was prosecuted by the attorney general’s office.
“I hope this sentence gives Markus Austin’s family some form of justice and some semblance of peace as they continue to pick up the pieces of their lives in the wake of this senseless murder,” Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in a statement.