Court briefs


• Mark A. Mcintire of Auburn, Maine, was charged and convicted of his fourth subsequent DUI offense after operating a motor vehicle while under the influence in Stratton.

Mcintire has three previous convictions in Vermont and a fourth from New York, one of which included bodily injury according to Windham County Deputy State's Attorney, Steven Brown. Mcintire was convicted of his fourth subsequent DUI offense after a two day trial where the Judge found him guilty of three prior convictions.

"The state would like to thank the jury for their consideration for this offense," said Brown. "It may look like his first offense, but we consider these serious cases."

According to the affidavit, the latest incident occurred Jan. 21, 2015, where Mcintire had crashed into the woods approximately 15 feet off the south bound side of the road on Penny Avenue near Pike Hollow Road. In the affidavit, Vermont State Trooper John Waitekus states that at the scene, Mcintire told him that a passenger named "Chris," was operating the vehicle and had walked away from the crash scene. Waitekus said he gathered several pieces of information that indicated there were no other occupant in the car at the time of the crash.

"It took me 15 years to get my license back," Mcintire told Waitekus at the scene.

On January 30th, 2015 the Vermont Forensic Laboratory reported the blood alcohol of Mcintire was found to be .0161 percent.

The affidavit stated that at a later time Mcintre admitted to operating the vehicle in Stratton, consuming alcohol before operating and crashing at approximately 9:42 p.m.

According to Brown, Mcintire has been convicted of the following: gross negligent operation with serious bodily injury Dec. 2, 1995, in Bennington and DWI 3 with serious bodily injury, Dec. 2, 1996, also in Bennington. He was acquitted of a DUI 3 on Nov. 20, 2002. Mcintire will be sentenced 30 to 90 days after his trial date.

• Anthony Amaru, 30 of Brattleboro was found not guilty to one count of second degree aggravated assault against a Wilmington woman after his trial Nov. 18.

Amaru's criminal history shows that he was convicted of domestic assault against the woman two separate times in 2012, however due to Vermont law the jury was not aware of Amaru's previous charges.

"There were arguably conflicting statements," said Deputy State's Attorney, Jesse K. Tremaine. "What (the woman) stated when police arrived, was different from what was stated at trial."

According to Tremaine, the woman's original statement to police at the scene was that Amaru had punched her in the face. This statement was captured from a chest camera by the officer at the scene, and the tape was presented before the jury. Tremaine said that at trial she had stated that she and Amaru were arguing over a pair of car keys, that resulted in an accidental assault. After presented with testimonies and witnesses, the jury deliberated for about three and a half hours on Nov. 17 and then about two and half hours Nov. 18, at which time they declared Amaru not guilty.


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