BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (WFFF) — The Brattleboro Reformer reports that a Springfield, Massachusetts man has reached a federal plea agreement—and is close to reaching a Vermont state-level plea deal—in connection with a double homicide in Townshend, Vermont nearly four years ago.
Justin Orwat, 50, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal gun charge. The conviction will send him to prison for seven and a half years. However, that arrangement is not yet finalized because it depends on Orwat also pleading guilty to a state manslaughter charge. Attorneys are still working on that element of the case, and he would have to serve the state sentence before the federal.
According to the newspaper, court documents show that Orwat admitted to killing Steven Lovely, 43, of Holyoke, Massachusetts and Amanda Sanderson, 35, of Brattleboro in October 2017. He reportedly shot the pair in a cabin in Townshend after Lovely blamed him for stealing illegal drugs.
The remains of Lovely and Anderson remains were found by crews that responded to a fire at the cabin. At the time, Vermont State Police also accused Orwat of setting the fire to try to destroy evidence.