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Aita Gurung biography: 13 things about Burlington, Vermont man

Aita Gurung is an Asian-American man from Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He is originally from Nepal where he worked as a construction worker.
  2. He is Suk Gurung‘s older brother. They are of Bhutanese descent.
  3. He was 2 years older than her wife Yogeswari Khadka, who is also from Nepal. His family is Buddhist while her family is Hindu.
  4. In 2009, Khadka gave birth to their daughter.
  5. In September 2015, he arrived in the U.S. with Khadka and their daughter as part of U.S. refugee resettlement efforts.
  6. In November 2015, he tried to end his life. After being discharged, he had a hard time staying employed. He became a regular drinker and he always wanted beer.
  7. In January 2017, Khadka’s parents Khadka Rimal, then 59, and Tusala Rimal, then 54, arrived in the U.S. In March 2017, his parents-in-law moved in with him, his wife and their daughter in Old North End, Burlington.
  8. On September 30, 2017, Suk visited him at his home in Old North End in time for Dashain, a religious festival celebrated by Nepali and Bhutanese communities. He told Suk that he was ill and no longer wanted to live so Suk suggested to his wife that she check him into a mental rehabilitation. However, she assured Suk that he was taking medication.
  9. On October 7, 2017, he entered a deli in Old North End and said he needed the police because he had committed an act of domestic violence the previous day and was having mental health issues. When police officers interviewed his wife, she had no visible injuries and told them no crime was committed against her. He asked the officers to take him to the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), where he was treated by Dr. William Horn, a forensic psychiatrist. 
  10. On October 12, 2017, he was discharged from the UVMMC upon his request. Hours later, at around 2:30 p.m., he returned home and got angry because his wife would not get him a beer. He used a meat cleaver to attack her and her mother while his daughter was at school. His mother-in-law survived while his wife died. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. 
  11. On October 13, 2017, a judge ordered a competency and sanity evaluation for him.
  12. In 2019, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said evidence showed he was legally insane and dropped all the charges filed against him.
  13. He was 39 years old when 12 jurors in Burlington said on November 3, 2022 that he did not meet the insanity defense threshold and found him guilty of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
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