An Orleans man has pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder for shooting and killing his wife
An Orleans man has pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder for shooting and killing his wife at their home in 2018. Randall Swartz, 62, also pleaded guilty to two counts of violating conditions of release as part of a plea agreement in Orleans Superior Court on Tuesday. State police said they found Swartz at his home on May 15, 2018, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his abdomen. They also found his wife, Thea Swartz, 54, dead from a gunshot wound on the floor of their Irasburg Street home. Thea Swartz called 911 and told the police dispatcher that her husband was drunk and threatening her. Her statement to the dispatcher was followed by the sounds of gunfire, said police. The Vermont Medical Examiner said Thea Swartz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.