Essex school shooting suspect backs out of plea deal

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Essex school shooting suspect Christopher Williams surprised a Burlington courtroom yesterday. That’s because he backed out of an agreed-upon guilty plea in the August 2006 shootings that killed two people and wounded two others.

Williams had agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges in exchange for a 48-years-to-life prison sentence. But he told a judge he didn’t understand the plea and didn’t want to go through with it.

Prosecutors then bumped up the charges against him, accusing him of aggravated murder. If convicted, he faces life without parole.

Essex Schools Superintendent Jim Fitzpatrick says the trial will be “wrenching” for people in Essex.

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