Jury Convicts Brian Rooney Guilty of Rape & Murder UVM Student Michelle Gardner-Quinn



A Rutland, Vermont jury has convicted Brian Rooney in the 2006 rape and murder of 21 year old University of Vermont coed, Michelle Gardner-Quinn. The jury took a little over 6 hours in deliberations to find Brian Rooney guilty of aggravated murder. Personally, it should have taken them 6 minutes. However, justice was served.

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Brian Rooney, good riddance to bad rubbish

After more than six hours of deliberations, jurors found Brian Rooney guilty of aggravated murder in the 2006 slaying of Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, of Arlington, Va.

He now faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

“Justice works once in a while,” the victim’s mother, Diane Gardner Quinn, said as she hugged former Burlington police chief Thomas Tremblay, who oversaw the investigation.

Gardner-Quinn, an environmental studies major, had just transferred to UVM when she vanished Oct. 7, 2006.

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Justice for Michelle Gardner-Quinn

The trial had been moved from Burlington, VT to Rutland as defense attorneys thought that a change of venue was needed to get a fair trail away from the place where the crime was committed. They could have changed the venue to Mars and he would have been found guilty. Try as the defense attorneys might, Brian Rooney will be spending the rest of his life behind bars without parole.

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The parents of Michelle Gardner-Quinn, Diane Gardner Quinn (left) and John-Charles Quinn, react as the jury delivers a guilty verdict in Brian Rooney’s murder trial in Vermont District Court in Rutland on Thursday May 22, 2008. Rooney is accused of abducting, raping and killing University of Vermont student Gardner-Quinn in October of 2006. (GLENN RUSSELL, Free Press)

Man Guilty of Murdering College Student From Arlington

Gardner-Quinn, who grew up in North Arlington, disappeared from downtown Burlington, where she had been celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday. She bumped into Rooney after she became separated from friends and her cellphone died, court documents said. Her body was found a week later, face-down and in a fetal position near a popular swimming hole. She had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

Prosecutor Rosemary Gretkowski told jurors in closing arguments yesterday that the DNA match and other evidence established Rooney’s guilt, the Associated Press reported. “The truth is that Michelle had the misfortune of bad timing: dead cellphone and uttering the innocent words ‘Excuse me, sir, may I borrow your phone?’ to the wrong stranger,” Gretkowski said.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Jury Convicts Brian Rooney Guilty of Rape & Murder UVM Student Michelle Gardner-Quinn”

    1. richard on May 23rd, 2008 4:51 pm

      This case shocked Vermont. Even in these days, this sort of thing is uncommon for there … though crime is growing, as where is it not?

    2. Allan on May 23rd, 2008 7:09 pm

      Justice would be the death penalty, not sitting in jail.

    3. Justice4All on June 2nd, 2008 3:12 pm

      One can only hope that Brian Rooney will be raped and sodimized everyday in prison for the rest of his miserable worthless life.

    4. Gregory Sheim on October 17th, 2008 9:13 pm

      The thing i find interesting here is that you people in vermont think that “Justice was served here”
      Justice would be served if this Guy was beten to death over the course of several moths while employing assorted medieval methods in addition.

      Whoop tee- doo life without parole. He still has life.

    5. Tom on May 3rd, 2009 7:43 pm

      What an incredibly evil man! don’t worry, in prison he will be raped (and beaten if he doesn’t do certain sexual things.)

    6. martha giles on May 5th, 2009 11:26 am

      i have been watching this trial on tv this week. i can’t believe this slimeball’s attorney believes just because they haven’t found a lot of DNA in michelle’s rectum of all places that he’s not guilty. i hope he rots in jail. death is too good for him, an easy out. i hope he gets in prison what he gave to michelle every day of his worthless life.

    7. Laura Katherine Robertson on May 6th, 2009 8:06 pm

      Caught the last 2 days of this trial. Concur w the above posts re probable tx of Mr R in prison. So so tired of hearing, reading of careless discard of talented females at the hand of some useless male p a few minutes of use. Just disgusted. I can think of nothing bad enough for Mr R. My heart breaks for her parents and friends. I will be haunted by her face and her image on the jewelry store video. She’d earned better, and he had not.

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