Killer gets life for killing Vt. college student

By: AP
By: AP

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The man convicted of killing a Vermont college student after a chance encounter in Burlington has been sentenced to a mandatory life term with no chance for parole.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brian Rooney was convicted in May of aggravated murder in the 2006 slaying of Michelle Gardner-Quinn.

Judge Michael Kupersmith berated Rooney at his sentencing Friday. Rooney continues to proclaim his innocence, but Kupersmith said the construction worker got what he deserved.

Rooney met the 21-year-old woman from Arlington, Va., when she borrowed his cell phone in downtown Burlington. She was found dead six days later after police and volunteers scoured the leafy, lakeside city.

A hiker found her half-dressed body. She had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

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