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Simard pleads guilty to 2016 Brownington slaying

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In Superior Court

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Jennifer Simard, 49, of Brownington appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans County District Court on June 9 and pled guilty to manslaughter in the 2016 stabbing death of Kevin Smith.

Ms. Simard originally pled innocent to charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter almost exactly two years after Mr. Smith died.  The two charges were based on the same set of facts, and a jury could have found her guilty of only one of them because of the prohibition against double jeopardy in the U.S. Constitution.

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