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Vermont man pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing estranged wife

White River Junction, Vt. - A man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife in South Royalton earlier this month appeared in court on Friday.

70-year-old Frank Sanville pleaded not guilty to five charges at Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction. Those charges include first degree murder.

The Judge ruled Sanville is to be held without bail and is to have no contact with a number of people including Wanda’s family members.

Court documents reveal more about the shooting on March 4, 2018 on Happy Hollow Road.

According to an interview conducted by a State Police Detective, Sanville was picked up in White River Junction by two people. He then traveled to his sister’s home where a fun on the wall became topic of conversation. The paperwork shows Sanville got back in the car with those two people who saw he had a gun and was trying to load it. Sanville was then dropped off within eyesight of Wanda’s home. Court documents show shortly after, Wanda was shot by Frank in the head and throat with a rifle.

Wanda’s brother Todd Hosmer said he witnessed the whole thing… along with his five year old son.

“Unfortunately my sister didn’t make it, but we’re alive anyway,” Hosmer said.

After the hearing, Hosmer spoke of a domestic violence history between Wanda and Frank. Court documents show Frank has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1965.

According to Frank’s rap sheet, he was a person of interest in a death investigation from June 2010.

Frank was on probation from a domestic assault against Wanda at the time of the shooting.

One of Wanda’s family members Gail Shute said Frank was let off of that domestic assault charge early.

"If you ask me they should have never released Frank after 42 days of being guilty of domestic violence in December,” she said.

She and other family members were at court to advocate more be done about domestic violence.

“I don’t think the family could do anymore, but the state of Vermont needs to pick up a little,” Shute said.


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