Jody Herring

Toby Talbot / Times Argus Pool/AP

The Vermont woman convicted of killing three of her family members and a state social worker in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday.

Jody Herring, seen here in court in August 2015, took a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.
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Jody Herring, the prime suspect for the murders of four people in central Vermont in August 2015, plead guilty Thursday as part of a plea deal.

Stefan Hard / Times Argus Pool

The woman who allegedly shot and killed four people earlier this month has now been charged with the most serious offense in Vermont’s criminal code. But defense attorneys say police violated Jody Herring’s constitutional rights in the hours after she was arrested.

Jody Herring, seen here in court in August 2015, took a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.
Toby Talbot / AP/Times Argus/File

The attorney general’s office has filed new charges against Jody Herring, who was charged last week with first-degree murder for the August 7 shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker.

Nina Keck / VPR

After a Department for Children and Families social worker was shot dead outside the office earlier this month, state officials condemned online comments critical of DCF workers.

Those comments are often just one side of a very complicated story, and that can make it hard to separate fact from fiction.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

A man identified as a former boyfriend of Barre Town murder suspect Jody Herring has been arrested after an armed standoff with police at Rickie’s Indian Restaurant and Shell station in South Barre Wednesday afternoon. 

AP / Wilson Ring

In the wake of the tragic killings in Barre and Berlin, apparently stemming from a custody dispute, attention has focused in on the unique issues - and dangers - inherent in the field of social work, and particularly the charged issues around work in public child welfare.

Toby Talbot / Times Argus Pool/AP

A 40-year-old woman from Barre Town has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing a social worker with the Department for Children and Families on Friday. Jody Herring was arraigned in Washington County Court on Monday afternoon. She faces a single first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Lara Sobel, who was part of a custody case involving Herring's daughter.

Toby Talbot / AP

As Jody Herring sat shackled and silent in the Washington County Superior Court Monday afternoon, her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her in response to the charge of the first-degree murder of Department for Children and Families Social Worker Lara Sobel.

Wilson Ring / AP

The state is reeling after four murders in central Vermont. Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel was shot and killed on Friday as she left the agency's office in Barre, allegedly by a woman in a case she was involved in where the suspect had lost custody of her nine-year-old daughter.

Lisa Rathke / AP

Authorities say three women who were found dead today in the Central Vermont community of Berlin are relatives of Jody Herring, who was arrested Friday for the shooting death of a Department of Children and Families employee in Barre.

The bodies of the women were found this morning by Berlin police who responded to a 911 call. Authorities say shell casings were found at the scene and gunshot wounds were apparent on at least two of the victims.

Steve Zind / VPR File

An employee of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) was fatally shot outside a state office building in Barre on Friday, Gov. Peter Shumlin's office announced.