Newfane man found guilty of domestic assault
BRATTLEBORO >> A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend in Newfane in 2015 was found guilty by a jury on Oct. 21.
According to court documents, Nathan Barcomb, now 23, on two separate occasions choked the woman and dragged her up a set of stairs by her hair. Barcomb was original charged on 11 counts, but was tried on six that included domestic assault, second degree unlawful restraint and first degree aggravated domestic assault. Whether or not Barcomb will face a jury on the remaining five charges, all misdemeanors, is not yet known.
In addition, said Jesse Tremaine, Deputy State's Attorney for Windham County, Barcomb has two more pending dockets against him — one related to making threatening phone calls and the other for violating the conditions of his release.
"The victim first came in to report a number of very distressing messages in March 2015," he said. At that time, a relief from abuse protection order was issued against Barcomb. A few days later, said Tremaine, the victim made a report to local police about Barcomb's physical attacks on her.
Barcomb was found guilty on one count of first degree aggravated domestic assault, one count of unlawful restraint, and two counts of domestic assault. He could be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set.
Tremaine said the victim is to be commended for her willingness to stick with the case for nearly two years and for taking the stand to offer testimony.
"Judging by the jury's reaction, the verdict was necessarily reliant on their assessment of her as a witness."
Tremaine also thanked the jury for its attentiveness and the victim's family for its support of the woman.
"I would also like to thank the new court security. They maintained the courtroom in a very professional manner and were very responsive to any safety concerns," said Tremaine.
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.
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