• Man gets jail for pushing woman into baby
    October 06,2012
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    BENNINGTON — An East Main Street man was sentenced to serve two and a half to five years in prison after pleading guilty to throwing a woman onto a bed, which caused her to land on a 3-month old girl, in Bennington.

    Patrick A. Scheet, 25, was sentenced on Wednesday in Bennington criminal court to serve 30 months to five years in prison for a felony charge of second-degree aggravated domestic assault. Scheet was also sentenced to shorter periods of prison time for misdemeanor charges of unlawful mischief and reckless endangerment. Those sentences will be served at the same time as the longer sentence.

    A misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed by the state.

    When Scheet was arraigned in May, he was charged with cruelty to a child but the charge was amended to reckless endangerment in July when Scheet entered no contest pleas. Both cruelty to a child and reckless endangerment are misdemeanors.

    In an affidavit, police said Scheet was arrested after officers investigated an incident at a Route 7 motel on May 4.

    According to police, Scheet was “yelling and screaming (in) fits of rage” before being taken into custody. Scheet was bleeding, apparently as a result of punching and breaking the window of a vehicle in the motel parking lot.

    A woman told police Scheet had hit her and thrown her onto the bed. The child on the bed was not injured, police said.

    Scheet has a prior conviction for domestic assault from 2008.

    He had been held in prison since his arrest which will likely give him about five months credit toward his jail sentence.
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