Rooney says he’s victim of “lynching”

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A man convicted of killing a University of Vermont student says he’s been the target of a lynching.

In a letter to the judge who will sentence him Friday, 38-year-old Brian Rooney said being convicted doesn’t mean a person is guilty.

In May, a jury convicted him in the 2006 slaying of Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, of Arlington, Va. Prosecutors say Rooney had a chance meeting with her on a downtown Burlington street when she borrowed his cell phone because the battery in hers had gone dead.

Rooney, who was convicted of aggravated murder, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.


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