Federal prosecutors say one of the defendants in the kidnapping and fatal shooting of a Danville man in 2018 needs to remain in prison

BURLINGTON — Federal prosecutors say one of the defendants in the kidnapping and fatal shooting of a Danville man in 2018 needs to remain in prison while awaiting trial in U.S. District Court. The defense for Berk Eratay, 35, of Las Vegas had offered a new list of proposed release conditions in Vermont this month, but the prosecution said Friday he would remain a major risk to flee and also be a danger to the community. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Van de Graaf, the lead prosecutor, said Eratay, who is a citizen of Turkey, faces a mandatory life sentence upon a conviction in the “Murder for Hire” case. A federal magistrate judge ordered Eratay detained after his arrest at his Nevada home on May 24. Eratay has remained detained since his transfer to Vermont and a new effort to spring him was filed Aug. 16. The government also has evidence that Eratay’s citizenship for the United States was obtained through marriage fraud. The woman was interviewed and admitted the marriage from 2014 to 2019 was designed to help Eratay to get his citizenship here. Eratay’s defense lawyer Robert Katims has proposed that his client be released with a 24-hour curfew and that the defendant be supervised in Vermont by his close friend and business partner Halis Kaya and/or his wife Deanna Phillips-Kaya from Nevada. Katims said  Eratay would have GPS monitoring and surrender his Turkish passport.