STAFFORD - A local mom had her best night of sleep in 2.5 years last night after the arrest of a man accused of murdering her son in Burlington, Vermont in 2015.
Richard Monroe has been indicted on several charges in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Monroe was apprehended in Texas.
Prosecutors believe Monroe shot and killed Kevin DeOliveira, 23, formerly from Stafford Township in early January 2015.
"Police and prosecutors do not forget about crime victims or their families, and they don’t forget their vow to bring suspects to justice,” Burlington police Chief Brandon del Pozo said in a statement to the Burlington Vermont Free Press news. .
Monroe was a student at Champlain College from fall 2011 to the end of the fall 2014 semester.
DeOliveira attended the University of Vermont.
The grand jury indicted Monroe on a count of using a firearm to carry out a crime related to drug trafficking arising from the killing of DeOliveira. Monroe was also indicted on several unrelated counts: using and carrying a gun during a November 2014 robbery in a downtown Burlington apartment, unlawfully taking or obtaining marijuana and money during that robbery, and conspiring to distribute narcotics with co-defendant Zachary Hust from mid-2014 to Jan. 2, 2015.
This is a great relief to Kevin's mom Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti. She shared the following statement this morning, Tuesday June 13.
"For the first time, in 2 1/2 years, I put my head on my pillow and slept last night knowing that Kevin's assassin slept behind bars. He was arrested yesterday morning. June 12, 2017.
How sad this is...two young lives destroyed by evil. And with it left many others so broken behind.
The mystery was revealed. Case solved.
Let's pray and hope he pleads guilty and justice moves along quickly in favor of the absolute truth. I don't hate him, but he robbed my son's life from existing, hopefully he will realize it and ask God for forgiveness. He needs real repentance! I wouldn't want to be in his shoes but we can all petition the mercy of God, better be judged by men then by God Himself.
Please pray for both families involved to be able to endure what lies ahead!
I have no words to express how grateful we are by the amazing work done by Burlington PD-Vermont and all the Federal agents and attorneys involved in the case! To all our family, friends and our community, once again, THANK YOU for the amazing support!
And I Thank the Almighty God for his perfect timing! I always had faith we would know the truth."
Mrs. Longinetti has continuously testified that her faith in Jesus Christ has constantly sustained her through this ordeal.
The Stafford Township, Long Beach Island community are grateful for this development.