Woman pleads guilty to killing social worker, three relatives
BARRE, Vt. — A Vermont woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a social worker who she believed played a role in her losing custody of a 9-year-old daughter and three relatives she believed had turned her in to the state. Jody Herring, appearing in a court near the state office building where social worker Lara Sobel died, entered the guilty pleas to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder. Herring, 42, admitted shooting Sobel as Sobel left work on Aug. 7, 2015. She also killed cousins Regina Herring and Rhonda Herring, and her aunt Julie Falzarano. In court Thursday, Herring answered a judge’s questions about the case. She could be sentenced to life without parole. Sentencing will come at a later date.