Alan Zeltserman, the brother of murder victim Amy Fitzgerald, has endorsed Ted Kenney for Chittenden County State’s Attorney.
Amy was murdered by Gregory Fitzgerald in 1993 in one of the most heinous first-degree murder cases in Vermont history. In 1994, Gregory Fitzgerald was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to life without parole by Judge Alden Bryan. Fitzgerald spent the next three decades claiming he was innocent in the face of overwhelming evidence and continuously sought to overturn his conviction.
Despite the numerous court rejections of his claims of innocence, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George made a deal with Fitzgerald on January 12th of this year to allow him to seek parole and get out of prison. Further, under Vermont law, he is eligible for furlough release even before a parole hearing.
Mr. Zeltserman said, “On January 10, 2022, the Chittenden State’s Attorney’s office alerted my family by email that there would be a ‘hearing’ on January 12th. The email did not describe the purpose or nature of the hearing. Only the day before the January 12th hearing did the State’s Attorney’s office reveal that Ms. George had cut a deal with Mr. FitzGerald, to be completed the next day. Even then, we were not told that Ms. George had agreed that Mr. FitzGerald would get “good time” off his sentence, and therefore be eligible for parole far quicker than we realized.
“Moreover, while the State’s Attorney’s office told us that we could fight his release at a parole hearing, we were never told that Vermont’s “furlough” program would allow this man to be released even before he was paroled,” he said.
“I reached out to Ted Kenney months ago and he made the time to have long conversations with me. He made it clear that he could not do anything about this case even if he won the seat,” Zeltserman said. “I quickly came to appreciate Ted’s empathy and common sense.”
“Ms. George’s philosophy has trumped common sense and is focused in entirely the wrong direction. We urge voters to cast their ballots for Ted Kenney on August 9th.”