RUTLAND, VERMONT — Richard Monroe pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Rutland, Vermont for the murder of Stafford resident Kevin DeOliviera.
In a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said,
"We will investigate this city’s homicides until every lead is exhausted or an arrest is made, and we are reassured by the knowledge that our partners in the US Attorney’s office are just as determined and relentless."
Richard Monroe was arrested in June 2017 for the January 2, 2015 murder of DeOliviera. He was been indicted on several charges in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Monroe was apprehended in Texas.
Some of the official information statement posted by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated the following ...
On April 18, 2018, Richard Monroe, age 25, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to possessing firearms in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking and to discharging a handgun and killing Kevin DeOliveira on January 2, 2015.
At the time of his death, DeOliveira was 23 years old and enrolled at the University of Vermont. Specifically, Monroe pleaded to two federal crimes in front of Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford. He admitted to conspiring with Zachery Hust and others to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine during the second half of 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to a firearms charge that he carried, used and possessed firearms during, in particular, that he discharged a handgun on January 2, 2015, resulting in the death of Kevin DeOliveira.
"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 in June 2017 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.
Monroe, 25, who most recently lived in Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to sell cocaine and to using a handgun in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, resulting in the death of Kevin DeOliveira. Two other charges will be dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.
The Burlington, Vermont Free Press reported that U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan and Monroe's attorney, Mark Kaplan, are asking the judge to impose a 25-year prison sentence, according to the plea agreement.
Monroe can face up to life in prison, and a federal judge will have final say as to the punishment he receives.
"Richard does consider the plea agreement to be a fair one, and he hopes that he's sentenced according to its terms," Kaplan said. "He does think the sentence is fair."
This is a great relief to Kevin's mom Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti. She shared the following statement today, on Wednesday April 18.
Those who know me well, knows I have been praying since last June for my son's killer to confess his crime and spare us all of a long and painful trial. And just like God showed the police were the gun was, God came through once again and answered my prayers ... We just left the courtroom from a change of plea hearing and the killer confessed and pleaded guilty to all charges! As hard as it was to seat a few meters from him it was sweet to hear him finally say "guilty"! Glory to God! It's a victorious day! We still have the pre-sentence procedures but I am confident soon it will be over and he will be locked up for a long time!
Kevin's mom wrote after Monroe was arrested in June 2017.
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.
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!
Mrs. Longinetti has continuously testified that her faith in Jesus Christ has constantly sustained her through this ordeal.
The Stafford Township, Long Beach Island communities are grateful for these developments. Kevin was a beloved member of the Southern Regional High School community when he was in high school Kevin