Bennington woman pleads guilty to manslaughter, gets up to 8 years for heroin OD death

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BENNINGTON — A woman has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the heroin overdose death of a fellow Bennington woman in March.

Jennifer Guile, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of Amie Pero, 33.

Afterwards, Vermont Superior Court Judge John Valente sentenced her to one to eight years in prison during the hearing at the county courthouse on Oct. 18

Guile's other felony charge of dispensing heroin resulting in death was dismissed under the terms of her plea agreement with the state, according to court records.

Police have said Pero lost consciousness in a taxi on March 1 after buying and snorting heroin at the Bennington motel room where Guile and her husband lived. Pero died after being removed from life support three days later.

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Her husband, George Guile, 52, was charged with manslaughter, dispensing heroin resulting in death and possessing 1 gram or more of heroin. He pleaded not guilty. His court case is ongoing.

Jennifer Guile is serving time at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington, according to the state department of corrections' database.

With credit for time served prior to sentencing, she could be released as early as Feb. 29, 2020. Her maximum release date is February of 2027.

George Guile is detained at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Contact Tiffany Tan at, @tiffgtan at Twitter and 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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