Allen Draper has been convicted by plea agreement of killing St. Johnsbury resident Tim Persons and has received a 20 years-to-life prison sentence. In 2018, Draper, now 34, was on furlough from an unrelated prior conviction serving part of his prison sentence in the community at Covered Bridge Therapeutic Communities in St. Johnsbury. Persons, 52, who knew Draper through his volunteer work at Covered Bridge, was found dead in the charred rubble of his home on May 15, 2018. Draper was later charged with killing Persons by striking him in the head with a radiator pipe and setting his house on fire after Persons refused to give Draper money so he could buy cocaine. Persons was survived by his parents, siblings, nieces and two young daughters. On Wednesday, Draper pleaded guilty in Caledonia Superior Court to an amended charge of 2nd-degree murder and two unrelated counts of violating an abuse prevention order in exchange for the sentence negotiated by State’s Attorney Barrett and defense attorney Rob Sussman of Burlington. During the hearing, Persons’ sister, Rebecca Kinerson, addressed the court.