Quechee man sentenced for assaults on wife and Hartford police officer


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Eric Francis

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Quechee man who assaulted his wife last summer in front of the couple’s young children and then fought with police officers back at the station reached a plea deal this week.

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    After prosecutors agreed to drop a felony charge, Harold Layne, 49, pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and unlawful mischief.

      Layne, who has been held for lack of $25,000 bail since his arrest last summer, was sentenced to a total of 18-months-to-5-years and he will get credit for the time he has been held in pre-trial detention.

     Layne was arrested on July 2, 2017 after several Hartford officers responded to the family’s residence in Quechee where Layne’s wife reported that he had head-butted her in the face and punched her in front of the children during what she described as a “three-day-long drinking binge” on his part.

    After police took Layne back to their station in White River Junction, they said he kicked and damaged a computer printer in the booking room, knocked over a trash can and then refused to get back into a police cruiser for the trip to the Springfield jail.  Layne fought his way past two officers, hurting one officer’s hand, before he eventually calmed down and got in the car voluntarily, Hartford Police Officer Eric Clifford wrote in his report.

    Layne’s criminal record includes previous convictions in Vermont, Florida, and Connecticut for domestic assault, drunk driving, probation violations, violations of pre-trial release, cocaine possession, resisting arrest, larceny and burglary.

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