• Man pleads guilty in Vt co-op shooting death
     | October 27,2012

    BRATTLEBORO — A man charged with killing his boss at the Brattleboro Food Co-op has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

    Richard Gagnon entered the plea Friday in Vermont Superior Court.

    A plea deal calls for a 17-year prison sentence.

    Police say Gagnon took a gun to work on the morning of Aug. 9, 2011, and shot and killed Michael Martin while Martin sat at his desk.

    Martin, who was born in Montpelier and grew up in Waterbury, was Gagnon’s superior, and Gagnon had received a critical work evaluation.

    Gagnon previously had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

    During the Friday court hearing, he took responsibility for killing Martin and said he was suffering at the time from depression.

    The plea deal still needs a judge’s approval.

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