The U.S. Department of Justice will seek the death penalty for Michael Jacques in the murder of Brooke Bennett. 12-year-old Brooke was drugged, raped and murdered by her uncle on June 25, 2008. Her body was found in a shallow grave near Jacques' home a week after she went missing.
The case has been stalled due to the fact a new U.S. Attorney General had to be appointed by the President and a new Vermont U.S. Attorney just took office last week. Vermont does not have a death penalty, but Jacques has been charged under federal law.
After being given the green light by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on August 14, U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin announced Tuesday that prosecutors filed a Notice of Intent to Seek a Sentence of Death.
In the documents filed, prosecutors site five factors and 19 aggravating factors which make Jacques eligible for the death penalty, including Jacques killed Brooke after 'substantial planning and premeditation'.
Federal officials also say Jacques has shown no remorse for the especially heinous, cruel and depraved murder of his niece for which he stands accused.
Brooke's murder led to sweeping sex offender reforms in the Vermont. Jacques is a repeat offender.