Vt. man granted new trial decides to plead guilty

Posted at: 12/07/2012 9:08 AM
By: Associated Press

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Bennington man granted a new trial on allegations he pointed a muzzleloader toward police has pleaded guilty, instead.
The Bennington Banner reports Paul Bourn was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to threatening two officers. They went to his home after receiving a call that he was drunk and disorderly in 2009.
Bourn was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2010.
At trial, Bourn's lawyers argued the charge is a specific-intent crime and Bourn was allowed to have the jury instructed that his intoxication could negate the charges. The judge told jurors the state does not have to prove Bourn specifically intended to threaten the officers.
Bourn appealed. The state Supreme Court reversed his conviction in August.
Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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