BARRE ó A Duxbury man with a recent history of violence is being held on $10,000 bail because Vermont State Police say he assaulted a woman and threatened to kill himself with a shotgun.
Patrick M. Sherman, 20, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Chittenden County criminal court to domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services, unlawful mischief and two counts of violating conditions of release, all misdemeanors. If convicted, he faces a maximum of four years in prison and a $11,500 fine.
According to the state police affidavit, troopers responded to a 911 hang-up on Route 100 in Duxbury around 9:15 p.m. Monday.
Before arriving, state police say, they received a second 911 call from the home, with a woman saying Sherman had assaulted her and that he was threatening to kill himself with a loaded shotgun.
When they arrived, state police say, they ordered Sherman to come out of the house, and he did. State police say Sherman was alone there and a brief search of the residence found no weapons. When state police spoke with Sherman, he told them he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument and she left. He told state police he was not suicidal and never made any suicidal comments.
State police then spoke with the woman, who said she and Sherman were watching a movie when he instigated an argument and eventually told her to leave. She told state police she then went into the bedroom and started packing clothes when Sherman came in, grabbed her, punched her in the back of the head, shoved her into the bedroom wall and pushed her to the floor. The woman told state police she then went into the living room and called 911 but didnít say anything on the phone because she knew state police would show up on a 911 hang-up.
The woman said Shermanís mother, who was at the home with the couple at the time, was arguing with Sherman and that when she tried to call 911, he yanked the phone out of the wall, rendering it unusable. The woman told state police Sherman then smashed her cellphone, threw a television stand and punched a television.
Before she left, the woman told state police Sherman came out of his brotherís room holding a loaded shotgun and threatened to kill himself.
State police say the woman had a scratch on her left wrist, red marks on her right arm and a lump on her forehead.
State police returned to Shermanís home and he said the land line phone had been broken for months and he did not know how the woman suffered her injuries. He told state police he would not hurt the woman because she was pregnant.
While Sherman was being processed after the incident, state police say he kicked a desk in the processing room and ripped up several documents with his feet.
In April, Sherman was convicted of domestic assault, reckless endangerment, interference with access to emergency services and violating conditions of release.
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