Caraballo associate back in jail


BRATTLEBORO -- A woman who accepted a plea agreement after admitting to helping distribute drugs in and around Brattleboro is back in trouble with the law.

According to court documents, Kirstin Waterman, 23, of Brattleboro, violated the conditions of her probation and was taken into custody on March 5. Waterman was in federal court in Burlington after her probation officer filed a petition requesting revocation of her supervised release.

On Dec. 9, 2013, Waterman received a sentence of three years on probation. As part of the plea deal, Waterman agreed to "refrain from the excessive use of alcohol and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any controlled substance ..."

According to the report from her probation officer, Waterman admitted to using heroin on Feb. 24.

Waterman also agreed to participate and successfully complete a rehabilitation program, which she failed to do, according to her probation officer.

During the hearing on Wednesday, Waterman was ordered into confinement pending a final revocation hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

In October 2013, Waterman was one of a number of prosecution witnesses who were called to testify in the trial of Frank Caraballo, 31, of Holyoke, Mass. Caraballo was accused of killing Melissa Barratt in July 2011 because he believed she had stolen thousands of dollars worth of heroin and cocaine from him.

After a two-week trial in Rutland, a jury found Caraballo guilty on several counts. Though it concluded Caraballo caused Barratt's death, it could not find beyond a reasonable doubt he actually pulled the trigger of the firearm that killed her. The murder weapon was never found. The jury also found him guilty of distributing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine and of being a felon in possession of a handgun. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

In a previous court proceeding, Caraballo pleaded guilty to engaging in a drug-distribution conspiracy and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Waterman and several other witnesses testified that Caraballo supplied them with powdered and crack cocaine and heroin, which they either sold or consumed.

Others who accepted plea agreements included Douglas Radcliffe, 30, of Bennington, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Toni Lynn Fontaine, 26, of Brownsville, was sentenced to time served with five years of supervised release to include six months of home detention. Robert Cappiallo, 29, of Windsor, was sentenced to 52 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release for trading a stolen firearm to Caraballo to pay off a drug debt and to obtain additional drugs. Thomas Parrott, 33, of Bellows Falls, was sentenced to 58 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for trading a Glock 9mm handgun to Caraballo for several grams of crack cocaine. Pamela Zygmont, 28, of Southampton, Mass., who is the mother of Caraballo's child, was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Joshua Makhanda-Lopez, who testified he watched Caraballo shoot Barratt, was sentenced to seven years in prison, with four months of supervised release to follow. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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