Allen Prue Still Seeking Post Conviction Relief

.Allen Prue smiles during a light moment during his trial in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Thursday, October 16, 2014, for the 2012 murder of Melissa Jenkins.

Convicted murderer Allen Prue is keeping busy in prison.

Prue, who is serving a life sentence for the 2012 kidnapping and murder of St. Johnsbury resident Melissa Jenkins, continues to seek “post conviction relief” by accusing his lawyer of providing ineffective counsel.

Caledonia Superior Court

Prue filed his motion for post conviction relief on his own from prison in January of 2017 but is now represented by attorney Seth Lipschutz at the Vermont Prisoners’ Rights office. Lipschutz has now successfully obtained copies of Allen Prue’s pre-sentencing investigation report and psychological evaluation conducted by Dr. Eric Mart.

Lipschutz requested the records in March. Judge Thomas J. Devine approved the request a short time later.

The civil case is now scheduled for a status conference on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:45 a.m. in Caledonia Superior Court. Prue won’t likely be there in person because according to the Vermont Department of Corrections he is prisoner #140581 incarcerated at a “supplemental facility” out of state.

Prue filed a petition for post-conviction relief in Caledonia Superior Court on Jan. 30, 2017 claiming his court appointed defense lawyer Robert W. Katims of Burlington failed to request independent DNA testing of evidence such as a hat found at the scene of Jenkins’ kidnapping on Goss Hollow Road in St. Johnsbury and a cigarette butt found at a burn site.

Prue also claims that Katims failed to conduct an independent investigation that would have revealed other information that would have provided helpful to his case.

Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren is opposing Prue’s petition.

Prue and his wife Patricia Prue kidnapped and murdered Jenkins, 33, after luring her and her two year-old son out of their house on March 25, 2012 with a false claim of car trouble. The child was left behind in Jenkins’ car on Goss Hollow Road and later found by one of Jenkins’ friends.

Allen Prue is serving a sentence of life in prison for attempted kidnapping concurrent with a sentence of 50 years to life for 1st degree murder and a five-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder with four years to serve.

Patricia Prue was convicted in February of 2015 for her role in the murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Vermont Prisoners’ Rights office is part of the Vermont Defender General’s office.


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