23 Sep, 2020 02:00 am

Kenyon: Court rights a wrong in overdose death

Kenyon: Court rights a wrong in overdose death
Four years ago, Jacob Rillo sold a bag of heroin that resulted in the overdose death of a friend.An autopsy report indicated the heroin that killed 26-year-old Jessie Boardman, of Chelsea, was laced with fentanyl, a synthetic drug that can be 50 times...

While he’s been locked up, Rillo has had one thing going for him that many poor defendants don’t have — a skilled litigator who could argue his case before the Vermont Supreme Court.Josh O’Hara, a staff attorney with the Vermont Defender General’s Office, specializes in Supreme Court appeals.” The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower court for resentencing.Charity Clark, chief of staff for Attorney General TJ Donovan, declined to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling, other than to say “we look forward to a resolution at the trial court.

” If nothing else, the Supreme Court has given lawmakers something to think about.O’Hara, who wasn’t involved in Rillo’s case before the appeal, argued that his client’s guilty plea “lacked a factual basis.

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