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Vermont man pleads guilty in Sheffield grandmother's death, admits to family he pulled trigger


MONTPELIER, Vermont — One of three men charged with killing a grandmother in Sheffield has pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger after holding the woman at gunpoint while the other two ransacked her house.

Michael Norrie changed his plea at a hearing Tuesday afternoon. He had pleaded not guilty last year to first-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary in the death of Mary "Pat" O'Hagan.

The deal means that Norrie will likely serve another 23 years in prison. Had he been found guilty at trial, the 24-year-old could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Attorney Rob Sussman says his client is not offering to testify against a co-defendant, 34-year-old Keith Baird, as part of the plea bargain. The third defendant, 28-year-old Richard Fletcher, got 15 years in prison after pleading guilty and agreeing to testify against the other two men.

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