Vermont man pleads guilty to second degree murder in death of friend who took him in


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NEWPORT, Vermont — A 50-year-old Vermont man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he shot and killed a Westfield man who had taken him in.

On Wednesday, prosecutors reduced the charge against Peter Lavalette to second-degree murder. He entered the guilty plea for the killing of George Kouzoujian at his Westfield home.

The Caledonian Record ( ) reports attorneys are proposing a sentence of 25 years-to-life for Lavalette, but a presentence investigation will be conducted prior to sentencing.

Police say Kouzoujian was killed June 28, 2013. Vermont police didn't learn of the killing until after Lavalette was arrested July 1 in Indiana during a traffic stop where he told police of the killing.

In court Wednesday Lavalette said he had no justification for killing Kouzoujian.

Lavalette is being held without bail.

Information from: The Caledonian-Record,

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