• Fight over doughnuts leads to guilty plea
     | August 08,2014

    A Worcester man has admitted stabbing another man in the back in an argument over doughnuts.

    Gregory G. Rainville Jr., 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to one felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, one count of simple assault, and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

    A plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to zero to 15 years; charges of aggravated assault with a weapon and violating conditions of release would be dropped by the state. Some of the charges arise from a separate incident that was part of the same agreement.

    He awaits sentencing.

    According to the Vermont State Police affidavit, troopers were called to a fight between Rainville and another man on Elmore Road in Worcester in February. While police were on their way, the two men had reportedly separated and tensions had eased, but then state police received a 911 call from someone saying Rainville had stabbed the other man in the back.

    The wounded man told police that an argument started when Rainville took two doughnuts that he didn’t have permission to take. The man reported Rainville tried to hit him, which started the fight. Things eventually calmed down and Rainville went to his room, but later followed the man outside and started chasing him.

    The victim said he ran to a neighbor’s house to try to get help and when he tripped over a snowbank, Rainville stabbed him in the back. He told police he and Rainville had been sharing the home for eight or nine months.

    State police say the victim was taken to Central Vermont Medical Center, where a folding knife with a 2-inch blade was removed from his back. Police say the knife was in a vital area of the man’s back — lodged between two ribs and close to hitting his spine, lung and shoulder blade. State police say the victim was treated and released.

    In a separate case, but also part of the plea agreement, police say Rainville was involved in a fight in Northfield in April 2013. Police say Rainville pushed his ex-girlfriend, causing her to fall backward and hit her head. Police say another man stepped in and Rainville hit that man in the face several times.

    Rainville has convictions of disorderly conduct in 2011, petit larceny in 2007 and 2005, unlawful mischief in 2007, unlawful trespass in 2007, attempted simple assault in 2006, and simple assault in 2005 and 2004.

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