Scott M. Favreau, the West Burke teen who murdered his foster mother, is due back in court for his sentencing hearing Feb. 7.

That was the word Tuesday from Caledonia District Court Clerk Lucia Donaghy.

Favreau, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder per a deal where both sides will ask the judge to give him 17 years to life.

Judge Dennis R. Pearson has the final say. The lawyers must try to convince him Favreau deserves less than the minimum of 20-years-to-life.

Under the deal, Favreau has agreed to turn state & #039;s evidence against the other teen suspected in the murder, 16-year-old Tashia Beer.

Favreau was 17 -- and Beer was 14 -- when he shot his foster mother, Victoria "Vicki" Campbell-Beer on Feb. 16, 2000.

Campbell-Beer, 44, was well-known as a teacher at the Lyndon Town School. She and her husband had taken in Favreau as a foster child over four years earlier.

Court records claim the murder motive was the teens didn & #039;t like the victim.

Beer, the victim & #039;s stepdaughter, allegedly helped him plan and carry out the killing, including helping Favreau steal the murder weapon, her father & #039;s rifle.

Court records claim that beforehand, the teens told some classmates at Lyndon Institute they planned to kill Campbell-Beer.

State police captured both teens the morning of the murder. Afterward, Beer allegedly spent hours confessing details of how she and Favreau carried out the killing. But her supposed confession fell into legal limbo, because she had been interrogated without a guardian present.

To date, she has not been charged, but that could change because Favreau has agreed to testify.

The day of the murder, authorities locked her up in juvenile detention, though only as a witness, not as a defendant.

But she refused to cooperate in the Favreau case, so Judge Dennis R. Pearson ruled that as of Oct. 30, the state no longer could hold her as a witness.

There & #039;s no word whether she is still being held on other orders from either juvenile or family court. Such records usually aren & #039;t public.

However, it is possible the public may get a glimpse at some of that information, if an appeal The Caledonian-Record filed with the Vermont Supreme Court succeeds.

Most of the records on the girl & #039;s role in Favreau & #039;s murder case have been public. But recently, some paperwork got filed under seal, and her lawyers went behind closed doors to talk with the judge.

Arguing that the paperwork and proceedings in the Favreau case -- which is an adult criminal case -- are public, the newspaper seeks to open the records.

Meanwhile, Favreau remains jailed without bail. Over the next few weeks, the Vermont Department of Corrections will do a presentencing investigation (PSI). The PSI will go over Favreau & #039;s life in detail; the PSI report will help the judge determine the sentence.

The hearing set for Feb. 7 gives both sides the chance to present arguments and evidence supporting the plea deal. Such evidence could include testimony.

State law requires that the victim & #039;s family get a chance to be heard regarding Favreau & #039;s sentence. The sentencing hearing is when the family gets its say, either through letters to the court or through speaking to the judge.

After the hearing comes the last step: sentencing itself. This could happen on Feb. 7, or if the judge needs time to write his ruling, Favreau could be returned to court one last time after Feb. 7.

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