Recently furloughed murderer arrested for assault in WRJ

Just got out of jail last year on a 25-to-life sentence

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A man who blew away a romantic rival with a deer rifle 17 years ago was arrested again Thursday in White River Junction and is now back behind bars awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping and domestic assault.

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    Bryan Lafayette, 54, of Wilder was ordered held without bail Friday after he entered innocent pleas to felony counts of second degree unlawful restraint and kidnapping and to a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

    Lafayette was sentenced to 25-years-to-life back in 2000 for the October 1999 murder of Arthur Flemings in the town of Lincoln but, because that sentencing took place when so called “good time” rules were still in effect, he became eligible for furlough last year and ended up being released for good behavior.

    Hartford Police Office Randy St. Peter said that on Thursday Lafayette’s wife of fifteen years came to the Hartford Police Station and reported that during an argument last weekend her husband, who is much larger than she is, had grabbed her by the arms and prevented her from leaving their apartment on Christian Street.

    Christie Lafayette wrote in a sworn statement filed with the court that her husband was yelling, “‘Just leave.  Just leave’,” and so, she wrote, “I was feeling so sick of always being told to leave, being verbally abused and called names, that I grabbed my keys and purse and started out the first door when Bryan said ‘What are you doing?’  I said ‘I’m going’,” but at that point, she continued, her husband physically blocked the door and grabbed her by the arms and threatened to “throw you up those stairs.”

    Christie Lafayette wrote that the incident left her with an injured back and bruises on her arms which Officer St. Peter wrote in his report that he could still see.

    In addition to the possibility of a revocation of his furlough and the reimposition of his original sentence, Bryan Lafayette is also facing the possibility of a potential sentence of up to life again if he were to be convicted of the new charges now pending against him.

Convicted murderer Brian Lafayette, 54, of Wilder (in court with his public defender, attorney Robert Lees on Friday afternoon) is now facing kidnapping and domestic assault charges and has been ordered held without bail for the time being

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