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A hero in hero.

An unidentified local man defending his home on November 24 was ultimately responsible for the apprehension of Eric Edson, 37, a career criminal in Hero, Vermont, a small suburb of Burlington.

Sgt. Kirk Cooper of the Vermont state police indicated on WCAX Channel 3 that the homeowner shot at Edson and then identified the thief from a photo lineup. Edson had more than three dozen felony convictions for burglaries and thefts, keeping him behind bars for most of his adult life.

The state police reported the homeowner's actions "made catching Edson all too easy," and indicated that no charges would be filed against him. Police say Edson broke into two homes in North Hero on that November night to commit burglaries. It was in the second home where our hero caught him red-handed, confronted him, and fired two shots at him as he fled. Police arrested Edson less than 20 hours later.

Ironically Edson has also been interviewed several times for his views on prison life by the same television station that reported his re-arrest. Edson made an oddly prophetic statement during a recent interview about rape in Vermont prisons: "You're more protected in there [prison] than out here. I could leave here [the studio] today and get shot. The chances of me going to the [prison] chow hall and getting shot or stabbed is zero."

In that interview, Edson explained he has been under house arrest and parole for more than three years, and he was confident he was ready to go straight, stating also, "Yeah, I've gone straight." A rash of burglaries has plagued the immediate area for several weeks, as Edson was apparently busy proving that he indeed had not changed his ways. He is being held at the Chittenden Regional Correction Center pending arraignment on the burglary charges.
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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT
Author:School, Alan
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1VT
Date:Dec 22, 2008
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