Michael Jacques to Be Sentenced to Life in Prison Tuesday Morning

By Steph Machado

Published 05/20 2014 05:09AM

Updated 05/20 2014 05:38AM

Michael Jacques as seen in this file picture.
Michael Jacques as seen in this file picture.
BURLINGTON -  After nearly six years, Michael Jacques will be sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

This comes after a plea deal made in 2013 that allowed Jacques to avoid the death penalty, which federal prosecutors were pushing for.

Jacques was convicted in 2013 of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering his 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett in 2008. 

The case has changed Vermont law. Court documents show Jacques was previously convicted of sexual assault, but repeatedly released on probation. Lawmakers tightened Vermont's sexual assault laws, requiring mandatory minimum sentences, and lighter caseloads for probation officers that handle registered sex offenders. The law also aims to educate Vermonters about sex offenses against children.

Jacques will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Tuesday in federal court. 

The final page of his 61-page sentencing memo states: "No sentence can undo Jacques's crimes, but on May 20 this Court should banish Jacques--a pedophile, a psychopath, a monster, the embodiment of evil who preyed upon girl after girl after girl for more than two decades--from civil society to imprisonment for the remainder of his life." It is signed by U.S. Attorney Tris Coffin.

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