Bennington criminal court roundup, man sentence to 10 years, man found guilty of stalking, woman accused of assault


BENNINGTON >> The following cases were heard recently in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit.

Man sentenced to 10 years for sex assault

Roberto Miranda, 33, was sentenced on Thursday to serve 10 years to life in prison for sexual assault. On March 25 he pleaded guilty to sexual assault — no consent, aggravated repeated sexual assault, and seven counts of voyeurism. The state dismissed a number of domestic assault charges and other sex-related charges.

Found guilty of stalking, negligent driving

Virgil C. Lasher, 48, of Bennington, was found guilty by a jury of negligent vehicle operation, and aggravated stalking. The jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. Lasher pleaded not guilty to all of these charges in May of last year after an incident with another man that reportedly turned violent. Lasher was accused of running the other man off the road after the two had driven away from the scene.

Rainbow Gathering attendee pleads guilty to domestic assault

Stephanie L. Graybill, 42, of Quarryville, Pa. pleaded guilty Friday to first degree aggravated domestic assault. The state dropped a misdemeanor domestic assault, and reckless endangerment charge. She was given an 18-month deferred sentence, meaning if at the end of that period she has no further trouble with the law the matter will be sealed by the court.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police, Graybill got into an argument with a male while he was driving an RV. In the vehicle were two teenagers and a 13-month old infant. Police said Graybill grabbed the male by the neck and struck him in the head. Witnesses said that after the RV was stopped, she threatened to stab him with a pair of scissors.

Police said the group were leaving the Rainbow Gathering, an event being held on National Forest land in Mount Tabor that drew several thousand people over the course of a few weeks.


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