A Vermont man accused of strangling his girlfriend admitted to several charges Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court in Barre, Vt.
Randal Gebo, 62, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated operation of a vehicle without owners consent. He also pleaded no contest to animal cruelty.
Gebo is accused of strangling Cindy Cook in July of 2017. He was initially charged with first-degree murder.
Police say Cook’s body was found in a secluded area off Brook Road in Middlesex on July 12, 2017. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Police say, Cook was partially clothed and bound with dog leashes when she was found by a passerby. Investigators believe Cook was restrained before she was strangled.
Police say after Cook’s body was found on July 12, Gebo fled the area with her car and used her credit cards.
Gebo was stopped by an Illinois State Police trooper on July 1, 2017 just outside of Chicago. He was transported back to Vermont by the U.S. Marshals Service. Officials say he arrived last week.
Before she died, Cook told her friends she “didn’t trust Gebo,” she “needed to get away from” him and “didn’t feel safe,” according to court documents.
A sentencing date has been set for June 26.