Brattleboro man pleads guilty to assault
BRATTLEBORO >> A local man pleaded guilty to second degree aggravated assault, lewd and lascivious conduct, and unlawful trespassing on Monday.
According to police, Andrew D. Reynolds, 24, of Brattleboro, "had become angry" and pushed a female victim off a bed in a Brattleboro inn in October 2014. The woman had been in a sexual relationship with Reynold and had dated him for about a-year-and-a-half.
"(The victim) hit the wall during the fall. She stated that she did not experience pain but that Reynolds had yelled at her to not '(expletive) move' or get up, so she stayed there. After a few minutes, Reynolds told her to get up and help him pack his bag," an affidavit from the Brattleboro Police Department said. "She got up and told him that she was not going to help. She was going to wait there for him to pack."
Reynolds grabbed the victim by her throat and threw her onto the bed, police said. Then Reynolds "got over her and was squeezing her neck with one hand," causing the victim to experience difficulties breathing and swallowing. Police said the victim could not say for sure if she lost consciousness or had an anxiety attack but she remembered waking up to Reynolds slapping her in the face several times. The victim claimed both sides of her neck were sore after Reynold squeezed it. She told police that she did not fight back because she feared the incident would escalate.
The victim headed for the door to leave the room but Reynolds ran over and put himself between her and the door, according to the affidavit. Reynolds, worried the victim would call the police, would not allow the victim to leave the room.
The victim told police Reynolds blamed "everything on her and controlled many aspects of her life." She also spoke of another incident where Reynolds had non-consensual sex with her at a residence in Brattleboro.
The victim was changing into pajamas when Reynolds became "angry that she was not committed to him, did not want kids with him or plan to have a future with him," according to the affidavit. Reynolds pushed the victim onto a bed and laid on top her. She asked him to let her go and get dressed.
"At first, (the victim) thought that he (Reynolds) was joking because he was telling her that they were going to have sex and she said, 'No, we're not. Not happen.' She soon realized that he was not joking when she saw him 'switch over like that' and said, 'Shut up, we are.' She told him that she did not want a family with him and that he was going nowhere," police wrote. "She said that made him mad and he told her that they were going to have a kid."
The victim told Reynolds she would scream if he did not get off her by the count of three, according to the affidavit, but Reynolds covered her mouth with his hand and said "shut the (expletive) up."
The unlawful trespass charge involved an incident handled by the Wilmington Police Department. The victim called police after Reynolds was arguing with her after he accused her of cheating.
Reynolds climbed out a back window of the house and ran while an officer talked with the victim, according to an affidavit. Earlier, Reynolds had told the victim he was going to steal a computer and television.
A prior conviction made the assault charge a felony and Reynolds could be facing up to five years in prison. He also could be paying a fine of up to $25,000. The other two charges are felonies, too.
"Sentencing and pre-sentencing might take awhile," Judge Katherine Hayes said, noting the court was "a little" short staffed. "We will be in touch about a date for the sentencing."
Contact Chris Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.
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