RANDOLPH, Vt., - A Vermont man who admitted to raping and murdering his own niece has been sentenced.
Michael Jacques has been sentenced to like in prison without the possibility of parole. He will serve a consecutive 70 years in prison for his production of child pornography involving another young girl.
The Vermont man pleaded guilty in August 2013 for the sexual assault and murder of his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett.
In 2008, 12-year-old Brooke Bennett's body was found covered with dirt a mile from Jacque's home a week after she had gone missing.
Prosecutors say Jacques staged the entire incident, luring Brooke to his home after she was seen leaving a convenience store. They say he then drugged, sexually assaulted and killed her, even acting like he was helping in the search for her.
Jacques pleaded guilty to his charges in order to be sentenced to prison instead of receiving the death penalty.