BARRE — Police say a Barre woman broke into a man’s home after assaulting him the day before.
Veronica Sue Schmidt, 29, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to felony counts of burglary of an occupied residence and unlawful trespass into an occupied residence and misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and unlawful mischief. If convicted, Schmidt faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. She was ordered held at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington on $1,500 bail.
Officer Leo de Prato, of the Barre Town police, said in his affidavit a domestic disturbance was reported on Philbrook Street Wednesday. De Prato said he was told by dispatch there was a lot of yelling and screaming going on during the call about a broken window.
He arrived on scene and spoke to the victim, who reported he was in bed when he heard someone banging on his door. He told de Prato he went upstairs to see who it was and heard another loud bang and glass breaking. De Prato said the victim reported he saw Schmidt crawling through the broken window. He told her to leave, but she became aggressive and made death threats towards him, according to court records.
The victim told de Prato that Schmidt came to his home New Year’s Day and they got into an argument with Schmidt trying to choke him. De Prato said the victim reported he pushed Schmidt off of him and she scratched him in the process. De Prato said he could see redness and swelling on the victim’s neck.
The victim told de Prato that Schmidt broke his flat screen television.
De Prato said he then spoke to Schmidt who said she knew she shouldn’t be there because she had been given a notice of no trespass for the residence in September. Schmidt told police she had been drinking and a preliminary breath test showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent.
De Prato said Schmidt initially denied putting her hands on the victim, but later said she had in self defense. She told de Prato she had been assaulted by the victim, but de Prato said he didn’t see any marks on Schmidt.