Bennington court in brief

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BENNINGTON — The following cases were recently heard before Judge David A. Howard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division:

Wednesday

- Arthur R. Barber Jr., 44, of Shaftsbury pleaded guilty to a felony count of violating an abuse prevention order—second or subsequent. He received a three-to-six month suspended sentence with probation. The charge stems from a Feb. 4 offense investigated by Bennington police. In a separate case, a concurrent one-to-three month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest for a Jan. 2 offense investigated by Bennington police. Under a plea agreement for both cases, the state dismissed a felony count of violating an abuse prevention order and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and simple assault on a law enforcement officer.

Thursday

- William R. McBride, 57, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to single felony counts of second degree aggravated domestic assault, obstructing justice and unlawful tresspass of an occupied residence, and two misdemeanor counts of vioilating release conditions. He was ordered held without bail pending a weight of evidence hearing. The charges stem from an alleged offense on Dec. 13 investigated by Bennington police.

- Brenda Walsh, 49, of Bennington pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor count of domestic assault and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault on a law enforcement officer. She received a one-year deferred sentence with probation. The charges stem from a Feb. 4 offense investigated by Bennington police. Under a plea agreement, a felony count of second degree unlawful restraint was dismissed by the state without prejudice.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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