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Vermont man charged with killing mother at sea for inheritance

A 28-year-old Vermont man has been charged with murdering his mother at sea in 2016 as part of an inheritance conspiracy, which allegedly involved the murder of his multi-millionaire grandfather three years earlier.

Nathan Carmen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to eight counts, including first-degree murder related to the death of his mother, Linda Carmen, who mysteriously disappeared after her son’s boat sank while the pair rode. She was sailing on the shore of the island. Nathan Carmen was rescued from a life raft a week later and denied all responsibility for what happened.

A federal indictment that closed Tuesday accused Carman of fatally shooting his grandfather, John Chaklos, while the 87-year-old was sleeping in his Connecticut home. Carmen has been charged with attempting to defraud her grandfather’s estate, but she has not been charged with the 2013 murder.

Carman is seen chasing down his defense in 2016. The then 22-year-old said his boat sank when he and his mother were fishing off the coast of Rhode Island. She didn’t survive.

Prosecutors allege that the death was motivated by greed, with Nathan Carman standing to receive $550,000 from the Chaklos’ bank accounts after his grandfather’s death and an additional inheritance after his mother. The amount he would receive from his mother’s estate was not disclosed by prosecutors, although the Associated Press reported it to be approximately $7 million.

“Nathan Carmen knowingly, knowingly, maliciously and with forethought killed Linda Carmen,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas Kerrest for the District of Vermont, detailing both deaths in the criminal indictment, said. “He fabricated cover stories to hide his involvement in those murders.”

Carman faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and up to 30 years in prison for each fraud charge if convicted of murder. He is being represented by the Vermont Office of the Federal Public Defender, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Prosecutors have alleged that Carmen also fatally shot her grandfather, John Chaklos, in 2013 to receive inheritance money.  A billboard is seen in Hartford, Connecticut offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Prosecutors have alleged that Carmen also fatally shot her grandfather, John Chaklos, in 2013 to receive inheritance money. A billboard is seen in Hartford, Connecticut offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

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Prosecutors said the murder conspiracy began in 2013 after Chaklos set up two bank accounts that would benefit his grandson after his death. One account with about $150,000 will go to Carmen’s college tuition, and another account, with about $400,000, will go to both Carmen and her mother.

Carmen bought a SIG Sauer rifle in November 2013 and a few weeks later allegedly shot her grandfather in the head as he was sleeping. The next day, Carmen discarded his computer hard drive and his truck’s GPS unit, preventing law enforcement from reviewing the data on these devices, officials said.

Police identified Carmen as the prime suspect in Chaklos’ death, but were unable to charge her with murder, the Hartford Courant reported.

Carman received about $550,000 from his grandfather’s bank accounts after his death, but ran short of funds within three years, while remaining largely unemployed. According to the indictment, because of this financial drain, prosecutors said, he conspired to make his mother go fishing with a boat she bought in 2015 and make her disappear at sea.

Nathan Carmen's Vermont home is pictured after being rescued by a passing freighter off the coast of Massachusetts.
Nathan Carmen’s Vermont home is pictured after being rescued by a passing freighter off the coast of Massachusetts.

Prosecutors said the mother and son had a “strained relationship” and that the “main way” they interacted with each other was through fishing.

Carmen reportedly removed her computer from her home and made several changes to her insured boat, Chicken Pox, raising her fears of drowning. The pair went fishing on the night of September 17, 2016, with Linda Carman putting friends behind a float plan, revealing that she is expected to be home by noon the next day, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say that while at sea, Carmen killed her mother in an unknown way and then sank her boat. He escaped on an inflatable raft and was picked up by a commercial ship a few days later. The next month, he filed an insurance claim of about $85,000 for his boat. The insurance company denied her claim and accused her of misrepresenting what happened to Linda Carman and her boat.

The three surviving daughters of the Chaklos sued to prevent Carman from collecting any money from their father’s estate. According to the Associated Press, that lawsuit is pending.

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