Bennington court in brief

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BENNINGTON — The following cases were recently heard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington criminal division:

Friday, Feb. 16

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Michael F. Szady Jr., 42, of Bennington pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession and misdemeanor domestic assault. Received a two-year deferred sentence and one-to-three year suspended sentence with probation. Charge stems from offenses made on Dec. 8, 2016. Bennington police investigated. Misdemeanor narcotic possession dismissed by state. Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett prosecuted. Szady was represented by Daniel McManus.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Before Judge William D. Cohen

- Noah H.B. Jones, 19, of Pownal pleaded guilty to a felony count of forgery. Received an 18-month deferred sentence with probation. Ordered to complete reparative board program by Aug. 6. Charge stemmed from a forged signature on a $300 check on or about June 6, 2017. Bennington police investigated. Misdemeanor false pretense (12 counts) dismissed by the state. State's Attorney Erica Marthage prosecuted. Jones was represented by David Silver.

Before Judge John W. Valente

- Rebecca M. Sherman, 34, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault and child cruelty. Released with conditions. Will return April 2. It is alleged Sherman caused injury to a nine-year-old child on Feb. 16. Vermont State Police investigated.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Jared W. Whalen, 24, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor domestic assault. Held on $2,000 bail. Will return April 2. Charges stem from alleged offenses made Feb. 19. Bennington police investigated.

Monday

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Dale J. Amidon, 34, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hunting while under revocation. Released with conditions. Will return April 9. Charge stems from alleged offense made Nov. 17, 2017. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department investigated.

- Paul A. Burgess, 43, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault with deadly weapon (two counts), and misdemeanor reckless endangerment and false information to law enforcement by implicating another. Released with conditions. Will return April 6. Charges stem from alleged offenses made Feb. 25. Bennington police investigated.

- Walter Clark III, 27, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, sexual assault (two counts), and sexual exploitation of a minor. Released with conditions. Will return for weight of evidence hearing on March 7. Bennington police investigated.

- Keegan Holland, 20, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony perjury. Released with conditions. Will return April 9. It is alleged that Holland gave false testimony during a jury trial on Dec. 6. Bennington County Sheriff's Department investigated.

- Austin Prendergast, 19, of Bennington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unlawful mischief and false information to law enforcement by implicating another. Received nine-month deferred sentences with probation. Ordered to pay $427.60 restitution. Charges stem from breaking of windows at Bennington Fire Department on River Street on May 7, 2017 and a car windshield on May 15, 2017. Under plea agreement, felony count of obstructing justice was dismissed. Bennington police investigated. Deputy State's Attorney John Lurvey prosecuted. Prendergast was represented by Susan Keane McManus.

- Daniel Race, 36, of West Fairlee, pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence for a third or subsequent offense. Held on $2,500 bail. Will return April 9. Charge stems from alleged offense on Feb. 25. Winhall police investigated.

Wednesday

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Seth Kellner, 37, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony second degree unlawful restraint, and misdemeanor domestic assault (two counts) and false information to law enforcement by implicating another. Released with conditions. Will return for weight of evidence hearing on March 9. Charges stem from alleged offenses made Feb. 27. Bennington police investigated.

Thursday

Before Judge William D. Cohen

- William A. Brown, 40, of Bennington, sentenced to serve eight days to four years for felony driving under the influence for fourth offense, and eight days to two years for misdemeanor vehicle operation with a license suspended for DUI. Pleaded guilty to both on Nov. 17, 2017. Charges stem from offenses made Oct. 15, 2016. Bennington police investigated. Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke prosecuted. Brown was represented by Susan Keane McManus.

—Banner staff




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