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US Attorney: As appeal is withdrawn, plea deal is on table in Vermont death penalty case


BURLINGTON, Vermont — A federal prosecutor says a plea deal is on the table in the case of a Vermont man who was granted a new trial after being sentenced to death for kidnap and murder.

Donald Fell was convicted under federal law in 2005 for the abduction and murder of 53-year-old Terry King of North Clarendon five years earlier. A judge granted him a new trial in July because of juror misconduct, and federal prosecutors said Tuesday they would not appeal that ruling.

Also Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin told the Burlington Free Press ( that under a proposed deal, Fell would plead guilty to kidnapping and murder in exchange for life in prison. He wouldn't say who proposed the deal or when.

Fell's co-defendant, Robert Lee, died in prison in 2001.

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