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



Tuesday

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Duane M. Harrington Jr., 39, of Bennington was ordered held without bail following a Dec. 13 weight of evidence hearing. Harrington pleaded not guilty on Dec. 12 to felony sexual assault, first degree aggravated domestic assault (two counts), and second degree aggravated domestic assault. The charges stem from alleged offenses Harrington made against a woman that were investigated by Bennington police on Dec. 11. Harrington will return to court on Jan. 3.



Wednesday

Before Judge William D. Cohen

- Michael Barrieau, 60, of Sandgate pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of stalking. He received an eight-to-sixteen month suspended sentence and was placed on probation. The charge stems from offenses made in July 2016 at the KFC/Taco Bell on Northside Drive that were investigated by Bennington police. The case was prosecuted by Alexander Burke. Barrieau was represented by T. Lamar Enzor.



Before Judge David A. Howard

- Patrick Clark, 32, of North Bennington pleaded guilty to single misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence—first offense and aggravated disorderly conduct.

He received a six-to-twelve month suspended sentence for the DUI charge, concurrent to a zero-to-three month suspended sentence for the disorderly conduct charge, and was placed on probation. The charges stem from Feb. 20 offenses that were investigated by Bennington police. Under a plea agreement, the state dismissed misdemeanor counts of simple assault on a law enforcement officer by physical menace and bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and escaping from an officer's custody.

In a separate case, Clark pleaded guilty to single misdemeanor counts of violating release conditions and unlawful mischief. The charges stem from offenses made on Oct. 21 that were investigated by Bennington police.

The cases were prosecuted by Deputy State's Attorney Jonathan Ward. Clark was represented by Susan Keane McManus.



- Robert K. Hurley, 35, of Bennington pleaded guilty to single felony counts of second degree aggravated domestic assault and violating an abuse prevention order — second or subsequent. He received consecutive 18-to-36 month suspended sentences for each count and was placed on probation. The charges stem from offenses Hurley made against a woman on March 8 that were investigated by Bennington police. The case was prosecuted by Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke. Hurley was represented by Jeffrey Rubin.




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