A Vermont man was sentenced to spend from 20 years to life in prison for the 2018 killing of a volunteer at a St. Johnsbury substance abuse recovery center. Allen Draper entered the plea Wednesday during an appearance in Vermont Superior Court in St. Johnsbury. Draper, 34, was charged with going to the St. Johnsbury home of Tim Persons, 52, on May 15, 2018, to demand money to buy drugs. The authorities say that when Persons refused, he hit him in the head with a radiator pipe and set his home on fire. Draper knew Persons from volunteer work Persons did at the halfway house where Draper was living, police said.