Suspect Arrested in 2015 Burlington Homicide Case

Elpaso, TX - According to prosecutors, federal authorities in Texas have arrested a suspect they believe is responsible for the January 2015 shooting of a former UVM Student.

The Vermont District of Attorney’s Office says Richard Monroe, 24, was indicted in June on four charges related to drugs, robbery and the execution of 23 year old Kevin DeOliveira.

New Jersey native Kevin Deoliveira, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his 58 Greene Street apartment in January of 2015.

According to documents Monroe was a student at Champlain College at the time and was dealing cocaine, he allegedly shot DeOliveira because he owned him money. 

Documents also say the weapon the suspect allegedly used to shoot DeOliveira was recovered by police. 

Prosecutors say Monroe appeared in federal court on Monday, a judge will decide if Monroe will be extradited to Vermont for a detention hearing. 

Monroe could face 35 years to life in prison if convicted.

Burlington's Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement regarding the arrest: 

 

“Today’s arrest is a testament to the skill and perseverance of the Burlington Police Department and our federal partners,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “I am pleased to see this critical step toward bringing closure to Kevin DeOliveira’s family and the Burlington community. Burlington remains one of the safest cities in the country thanks to the outstanding work of our police officers, and I commend them for their work on this case.”

 

“Police and prosecutors do not forget about crime victims or their families, and they don’t forget their vow to bring suspects to justice,” said Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo. “Sometimes this happens quickly, and sometimes it takes years, but the work doesn’t stop as long as there are leads to pursue. I’d like to thank federal prosecutors, the DEA, U.S. Marshals and the men and women of the BPD for their persistence and hard work.”


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