May make court appearance Friday or Monday
SOUTH ROYALTON - The medical condition of Frank Sanville, the 70-year-old who was furloughed from jail just 12 days before police say he used a rifle to fatally shoot his estranged wife in the back, is reported to have improved in the past 24 hours to the point that authorities now expect to bring him into a courtroom in Vermont either late this week or early next to face charges in connection with her death.
Sanville reportedly sustained at least one significant blow to the back of his head from the butt of the rifle which was wrested away from him just moments after police say he burst into his former residence on Happy Hollow Road and shot his wife Wanda mid-morning on Sunday while her brother, Todd Hosmer and his five-year-old son were also inside the home.
Hosmer managed to gain control of the gun and struck Frank Sanville hard enough that he was reported to be only semi-conscious when police found him four hours later hiding in a barn not far from the scene of the shooting.
Earlier this week Sanville's condition was precarious enough that he was transferred from a hospital in Vermont to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire amidst concerns that he might not survive to stand trial.
Authorities say that changed over the course of Wednesday and, although he remains hospitalized under guard at present, officials are now making plans to formally arraign Sanville soon on as-yet-unspecified charges in connection with the shooting.
Frank Sanville, 70, seen at his arraignment back in early December on a charge of domestic assault against his wife Wanda Sanville, 48. Police say that this past weekend Sanville shot and killed her in the home they had shared on a hill just above South Royalton village.
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