BRATTLEBORO -- Seven months after he got out of prison, Raymond Monty III is back behind bars.
And the 24-year-old Bellows Falls man, who had been jailed in connection with an aggravated assault conviction, may end up spending a much-lengthier term in prison this time.
Authorities allege that Monty, of South Street, repeatedly has violated his probation conditions and -- in the words of his probation officer -- has chosen to "do exactly what he wants instead of trying to do what is needed."
Monty was arraigned last week for those alleged probation violations and is being held without bail pending further court action. A hearing that had been scheduled this week was delayed at the request of public defender Mimi Brill.
"Additional time is necessary, especially considering the lengthy sentence that could be imposed if Mr. Monty's underlying sentence is revoked," Brill wrote in a court document.
Monty has a lengthy criminal record. That includes felony charges that were filed after an April 2011 incident in which police had alleged Monty repeatedly punched another man in the face with brass knuckles outside a party in Westminster.
An investigator at the time wrote that the victim showed up at the state police barracks with "a piece of medical tape over each eyebrow, what appeared to be a fractured nose and several facial scrapes. His shirt, pants and shoes had blood on them."
In March 2012, Monty was sentenced to an eight- to 12-year prison term for aggravated assault with a weapon. All but one year of the sentence was suspended, and court records show that Monty was released from prison on Jan. 13 of this year.
Authorities contend he didn't stay out of trouble for long. Court documents say Monty admitted to a probation violation in March and was ordered to complete a substance-abuse program.
But in May, Monty allegedly tested positive for opiates. Court documents also say he violated his curfew the following month.
"Nothing has changed for Mr. Monty," his probation officer wrote in a letter to the court.
"He continues to miss appointments with his probation officer, he does not follow his curfew and he does not comply with the graduated sanctions he receives," she wrote. "Since his release from jail ... Springfield Probation and Parole has tried to supervise Mr. Monty via electronic monitoring, written schedules and curfew. All of these attempts have failed."
The document adds that "Mr. Monty has been in numerous treatment facilities in the past. He also has been in jail and under (Department of Corrections) supervision in the past. None of these treatment or supervision capacities has kept Mr. Monty from continuing to choose to do exactly what he wants instead of trying to do what is needed to follow his case plan."
The probation officer recommends that Monty's probationary sentence be revoked and that he should "serve an agreed-upon sentence by the state's attorney and defense."
Monty's next court hearing on the matter is scheduled for Sept. 11.
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