RUTLAND -- A federal jury found Frank Caraballo guilty of murder today, more than two years after authorities say he fatally shot a woman in Dummerston over missing narcotics.
Caraballo, 31, of Holyoke, Mass., was found guilty on all but one of the charges against him. Though jurors found him guilty of causing Barratt's death, they were not convinced he actually pulled the trigger of the gun used to kill her in July 2011. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and crack and of being in felon possession of a firearm.
Caraballo is already serving a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute drugs. He likely faces 40 years to life in prison for the newest convictions.
The prosecution accused Caraballo of murdering Melissa Barratt, who made money selling drugs for him, with a gunshot to the head in the woods off Dummerston's East West Road in. Caraballo had suspected Barratt of stealing a safe containing thousands of dollars of drugs, which her former roommate testified she indeed did.
The jury heard from numerous witnesses since the trial started on Monday, Sept. 16. The list of people that took the stand included a former associate who claimed to have been at the murder scene, government officials with specialties regarding aspects of the investigation, Vermont state troopers, confidential informants and a bail bondsman.