Joseph Robert Gutierrez, 26, and Jedidiah
Brooks Donley, 35, each pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in separate back-to-back hearings Wednesday in front of Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen.
At the well-maintained Old Bennington Cemetery I view gravestones with both unlikely and famous names such as Robert Frost (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who lived in Shaftsbury, where he penned "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"), Reverend Jedidiah
Dewey (the first Protestant minister in the first Vermont town), and Jonas Fay (author of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Vermont), along with various governors and Revolutionary War soldiers, some of whom were buried in a mass grave.
Perhaps most striking was Jay's telling the minister Jedidiah
Morse, "Whether our Religion permits Christians to vote for Infidel Rulers is a question which merits more consideration than it seems as yet to have generally received either from the clergy or the Laity...." (33) Infidels would be those who intentionally and maliciously undermined the Christian faith.
Josh, 26, twins Jana and John-David, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, Jinger, 20, Joseph, 19, Josiah, 17, Joy-Anna, 16, twins Jedidiah
and Jeremiah, 15, Jason, 13, James, 12, Justin, 11, Jackson, nine, Johannah, eight, Jennifer, six, Jordyn-Grace, five, and Josie, four.