BENNINGTON -- A man facing counts of sex assault and lewd and lascivious conduct opted to sit out his two-day trial and remain in a holding cell, according to a state prosecutor.
William O. Stanley Sr., 52, of Bennington, was convicted Wednesday of sexual assault and acquitted of lewd and lascivious conduct. Deputy State’s Attorney Christina Rainville said Stanley did not appear in the courtroom while his attorney argued his case. Vermont law allows defendants to do this.
According to Bennington Police, in October of last year a woman said she was with Stanley in the Aldi parking lot and he had threatened to kill her. Police spoke to her and learned that the night before she was with her boyfriend and Stanley in a hotel room. She had woken up to Stanley sexually assaulting her while her boyfriend remained asleep. She said they all had gone to the Aldi grocery store in a vehicle, and Stanley touched her leg.
Rainville said she intends to argue that Stanley be imprisoned for the rest of his life. Sex assault carries a maximum penalty of life, and Stanley was found to be a habitual offender, having three felony furlough escapes on his record. Rainville said Stanley had been released from prison 12 days before this incident. She did not know how long he had been incarcerated previously.
Stanley’s attorney, T. Lamar Enzor, did not return a call seeking comment.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.