Courts & Corrections

VTDigger covers criminal justice issues including Vermont legal issues, Vermont courts and the Vermont Department of Corrections. Elizabeth Hewitt covers the criminal justice system for VTDigger. She can be reached at [email protected]

Authorities: Rifle-toting bicyclist had been in ‘armed standoff’

Malcolm Tanner, 52, was arrested July 13 on a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon. In a hearing July 15, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy ordered that Tanner be detained.

Fairfax man sentenced for wire fraud in Agri-Mark case

A 54-year-old former Fairfax resident has been sentenced for wire fraud. Ronald Rup, Jr., was sentenced for 27 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a court judgment. Rup owes restitution of $12,500 to Agri-Mark, which is listed as the first priority on the court documents, and more than $1.5 […]

Donald Fell hearings close

Even if the judge rules the federal death penalty unconstitutional, the case would almost certainly be appealed. There’s no certainty that it would reach the nation’s highest court.

Ten federally charged for opening homes to drug dealers

Prosecutors say that six homes in downtown Winooski facilitated the trafficking of drugs from out of state sources to local users.

Christian groups sue Vermont over physician-assisted suicide law

The Tennessee and Vermont groups say the law violates their consciences, and therefore both the Vermont and U.S. Constitution.

SCOV Law Blog: Failing to meet a pre-release probation condition, offender argues he ran out of time

In a probation violation case, the burden is on the state to prove the fact of the violation. Then, if that occurs, the burden shifts to the defendant to prove that the violation wasn’t willful.

Lawyer: Injuries from wet cement bring settlement

A Bennington man recently won a $450,000 settlement for skin injuries he suffered from coming in contact with wet cement, according to his lawyer. The lawyer, David Silver, of Bennington-based BarrSternberg Moss Silver & Munson, wouldn’t identify the client or the company allegedly involved. He said the man wanted to educate the public about the […]

Committee mulls process for police officer decertification

Currently decertification can happen only under narrow circumstances, leaving open the possibility that problem officers can hop between departments. But how to remedy that is the subject of debate.

Game wardens’ home office phone bills no longer paid by state

The change could hurt wardens’ responsiveness to the public if they are motivated to rely on cellphones even when living where coverage is poor, said Vermont’s chief game warden.

Arraignments held for four murder suspects found in California

BURLINGTON — Four people charged with the murder of a Milton resident all pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Monday. Erik Averill, 21, Jordan Paul, 21, Myia Barber, 22, and Allison Gee, 25, face second-degree murder charges in connection with the beating of Amos Beede, 38, in May in Burlington. A fifth suspect, Amber Dennis, […]

Brooklyn man pleads guilty to drug distribution and sex trafficking

A Brooklyn man pled guilty earlier this month to five counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Diheim Young, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7 for trafficking five women, four of whom were Vermont residents, from Rutland to New York City and distributing crack cocaine and heroin in Rutland from 2012 […]

Pharmacy robbery lands Putney man in prison

A Putney man was sentenced to prison Monday in federal court for robbing a South Burlington pharmacy. Shon Paul Shoram, 38, was accused of robbing a Kinney Drugs location in May 2015. He walked into the store and pointed a BB gun, which resembled a firearm, at two clerks and forced them to walk to […]

As second McAllister sex assault trial set, his son lashes out

The state senator’s trial on a second set of sexual misconduct charges is scheduled for three days starting Aug. 10. His first trial ended with the charges being dropped.

Challenge to UVM sexual misconduct investigation is dropped

The lawsuit filed late last month in federal court claimed the man was not given enough information to defend himself in the investigation process. But he ended up dropping the suit.