BENNINGTON -- A Shepard Street man is facing a felony charge after police said he threatened a probation officer who testified at the sentencing hearing for his cousin.
Cody Davis, 19, pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice, and disorderly conduct. He was released on conditions including he not have contact with Probation and Parole Officer Christopher Brown.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer James A. Gulley Jr., on Oct. 2 at 3:13 p.m. he was dispatched to the State Office Complex where a group of people was in the parking lot. Two of them were reportedly shouting angrily, and one left in a car upon Gulley's arrival. The other, Davis, walked past Gulley muttering threatening phrases which Gulley wrote were in reference to Brown.
Gulley spoke to employees in the State's Attorney's Office, who had called police, and was told that Davis was in the courtroom at a sentencing hearing for a family member. At the end of it, Davis "stood off against Probation Officer Brown with intentions of assaulting Probation Officer Brown, due to his testimony against his family member."
According to the affidavit, Davis attempted to get past the human wall his other family members had made to keep him away from Brown.
Davis was arrested and told police he knew what he did was wrong, but was emotional over his family member being sent to prison for three years.
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