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Prue Found Guilty In Murder Of Melissa Jenkins

Glenn Russell
Associated Press, Burlington Free Press
Meridith Berry, Melissa Jenkins' cousin, hugs Capt. Bob Cushing of the Vermont State Police, Wednesday, in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington, after Allen Prue was found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2012 murder of Melissa Jenkins.

A jury in Burlington yesterday found Allen Prue guilty in the murder of Melissa Jenkins.

Jenkins was 33 years old when she was murdered on March 25, 2012. Her body was found in the Connecticut River the next day.

Jenkins was a teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy. Allen Prue, 32, was charged along with his wife Patricia Prue in the murder, but Patricia Prue will be tried separately. That trial is expected to begin in February.

A sentencing date for Prue has not yet been set, but he is facing up to 35 years to life in prison.

VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Caledonian Record reporter Todd Wellington about the case.