Former Pennsylvania resident sentenced to life in prison for 18-year-old murder case

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By Terri Hill | September 28m 2018

A former Pennsylvania resident pleaded guilty Friday to the Nov. 27, 2000 murder, carjacking and kidnapping of a 53-year-old Vermont woman.

Donald Fell, 58, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to all four charges of an indictment including, carjacking with death resulting, kidnapping with death resulting, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and transportation of a firearm by a fugitive from justice.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Fell admitted to murdering Rutland, Vermont resident Charles Conway while Fell’s friend and now deceased co-defendant Robert Lee murdered Fell’s mother Debra Fell, 46, in an apartment on Robbins Street in Rutland.  The two men then carjacked and kidnapped Teresca King in Rutland and drove into New York State, where they killed her.  Lee and Fell were natives of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who came to Vermont in late 2000.

After the murders the two men stopped in Wilkes-Barre for a night.  While there, they stole a pair of Pennsylvania license plates and put them on King’s car and discarded King’s Vermont plates.  The pair then drove South and stopped in Clarksville, Arkansas to refuel, where a law enforcement officer stopped the Plymouth Neon they were in due to the stolen plates.  Fell and Lee were arrested, and a 12-gauge shotgun was seized.

Immediately after the guilty plea, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Fell to serve life in prison without the possibility of release.  Fell also agreed to waive his appeals.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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