KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A Bennington teen was given deferred and suspended sentences Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division after pleading guilty to stealing from the Kmart where worked and an unrelated incident where she assaulted an emergency room worker.
Keanna L. Hunt, 16, pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement, misdemeanor simple assault on a public officer, unlawful mischief, alcohol possession by a minor, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. On the embezzlement charge she was given a two-year deferred sentence while the other charges combined resulted in a six- to nine-month suspended sentence. Hunt will be on probation for two years. If she completes it the embezzlement charge will be removed from her record.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, Hunt admitted on Dec. 19 to taking 20 items from the Kmart on Kocher Drive where she worked. The value of the items was $674. Police said the items were taken over a period of a few months.
Vermont State Police said on Dec. 28 they responded to a home in Pownal for a reported fight. There they found Hunt and another person who were injured. Hunt was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center where police said she struck a nurse and damaged a television screen. Police said she appeared intoxicated.
Judge Cortland Corsones said Hunt had signed restitution orders agreeing to pay back Kmart, and SVMC for the screen. She must also go before a reparative board.