BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Wednesday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division.
Steven P. McNulty, 26, of Manchester, was sentenced on guilty pleas he entered in July to one felony count of forgery, and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny. The state agreed to drop six other forgery charges. McNulty received a 3- to 6-month suspended sentence on the lesser charge and a 1- to 2-year suspended sentence on the felony.
According to Manchester police, in March McNulty's landlord came to them and said he had taken a checkbook of hers and forged a number of checks in the amount of $1,646. She said there were about seven fraudulent checks according to her bank records, each for between $200 and $300. Police said McNulty admitted to taking the money and expressed remorse. Patrick A. Scheet, 25, of Bennington, was sentenced to serve between 30 months and 5 years in jail. He pleaded no contest to second degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful mischief, and reckless endangerment on July 3. The state dismissed a disorderly conduct charge. He was arraigned in May after Bennington police said they responded to the Apple Valley Inn where a woman reported Scheet had assaulted her. She said he had come to their room drunk, yelled at her, threw her into an empty crib and onto a bed and punched her in the head.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.