Death penalty possible in Vermont sex-kidnap

July 3, 2008 8:09:55 AM PDT
Prosecutors say the Vermont man charged with kidnapping his 12-year-old niece - who was found dead near his home - could face the death penalty.

State and federal prosecutors spoke in Burlington today as 42-year-old Michael Jacques was formally charged with kidnapping Brooke Bennett. Bennett was missing for a week before her body was found yesterday in Randolph.

Authorities cannot even say yet how the girl died. But the federal charges against Jacques provide for the death penalty in kidnappings resulting in a child's death.

In court papers, authorities accused Jacques of carefully orchestrating events and e-mails to make it look like Bennett had gone to see someone she had met online.