Saturday June 15, 2013

BENNINGTON -- A Shaftsbury man was given six months to serve on a split sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman, breaking a television with a sledgehammer, and preventing police from being contacted.

Gary D. Boggus, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault, interference with access to emergency service, and one count of unlawful mischief. According to court documents, he will serve six months of a 24- to 36-month sentence and be placed on probation.

As part of the plea agreement, the state dismissed a felony obstruction of justice charge and reduced a felony domestic charge to a misdemeanor.

According to a State Police affidavit, on Jan. 6 at approximately 9 p.m. troopers were summoned to a home in Shaftsbury on Route 7A where a fight was reported.

Police spoke to a woman being treated by Bennington Rescue Squad personnel who had a red mark bellow her eye and a number of small lacerations. The woman told police she had been living with Boggus and her sister for the past few weeks but Boggus no longer wanted her there. She said she and Boggus got into an argument, and after she came back from having stepped out he smashed a television in front of her with a sledgehammer, showering her in glass. She said he then attacked her with his fists and slammed her head into the wall.


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She said he took her cell phone and threw it and took the other woman’s cell phone as well.

Boggus declined to speak to police on the night of the incident.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.