New York man pleads innocent on assault charge
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | January 01,2013
The father of a New York man in criminal court Monday for allegedly hitting his sister told a Rutland County judge that his son was remorseful for what happened during a trip to Killington that led to his arrest over the weekend.
“He is not a drinker,” said John Jackson II of his 23-year-old son John, charged with a misdemeanor court of domestic assault. “This is a behavior that is not like my son at all.”
He told judge Theresa DiMauro in court Monday that his son told him he would not have “another drop of alcohol” and will be going to a treatment center in New York for at least two weeks.
The younger Jackson, who lives in New York City, pleaded innocent to the assault charge that stemmed from an incident that allegedly turned violent at the Turn of River Lodge on Route 4 in Killington on Saturday morning, according to the Vermont State Police.
Trooper Aron McNeil said Jackson and his sister Kate were staying at the Killington lodge when the altercation between them occurred sometime before 5:50 a.m.
McNeil wrote in an affidavit that the siblings had been arguing the evening before and at one point when Kate Jackson went to the bathroom her brother had followed her in. She said her brother began “pounding on the door” which she opened because she believed he would break it.
“Kate advised John then punched her in the stomach as she tried to get away from him,” McNeil wrote in the affidavit. “Kate was able to get past John when he shoved her onto the bed and grabbed her throat and repeatedly punched her in the temples while continuing to hold her by the throat.”
She was able to punch her brother during the incident — trying to get away, McNeil wrote.
He added that Kate Jackson’s face near her left eye was significantly swollen with a “protruding goose egg” and a bloody lip.
According to court records, the alleged incident continued at the lobby of the lodge where John Jackson continued to yell at his sister and faked a swing at her when an employee intervened and called police.
The employee, identified as John Harniman, told police the siblings had arrived after midnight after visiting a local tavern and that John Jackson was acting “belligerently with other quests at the lodge.”
John Jackson initially told police that he was asleep when his sister “for no reason punched him in the mouth,” and that he was in a daze and punched back several times. According to the affidavit, he then changed his statement, saying he bumped into his sister in the morning, which started the physical fight.
McNeil said both siblings where drinking at the time of the alleged fight — John Jackson had a blood alcohol content of .118 while Kate Jackson had a BAC of 0.05.
Although his sister did not want to press criminal charges, John Jackson was arrested and charged with domestic assault. While he was taken to the State Police barracks in Rutland, he told the troopers to shoot him and that he was “going to hang himself and smash his face off the bars of the holding cell.”
During his arraignment in Rutland’s criminal court Monday, Judge DiMauro released John Jackson on a $10,000 unsecured bail. If found guilty, he faces up to 18 months of jail time.