Monday October 8, 2012

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Bennington woman accused along with three men in a series of violent encounters in March pleaded guilty to some of the charges pending against her Friday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division.

Ashley Perrotta, 28, pleaded guilty to a felony count of unlawful trespass and a misdemeanor count of simple assault. The state dropped a charge of aggravated assault and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

She was given a 2- to 4-year suspended sentence on the felony charge and a 3- to 6-month suspended sentence on the misdemeanor. Court records indicated she was placed under probation for four years.

Police said the incident also involved William McLoughlin, 33, Daris Carter, 31, and Domenic Thane, 20, all of Bennington. McLoughlin pleaded guilty over the summer to an unlawful trespassing charge but was recently arraigned on a simple assault charge for an unrelated matter. Carter’s and Thane’s charges are still pending.

According to police in March, they investigated an incident which they say began on Beech Street in which Carter allegedly got out of a vehicle and assaulted a man. A woman with them ran off and got a ride from a couple who saw her running. She told police that Carter followed her to that home and was joined by Perrotta, who the woman said assaulted her there.


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According to police, the altercation extended to the home of another person, where the group entered a home and a man there was assaulted.