Man accused of pointing shotgun at woman
Man denies gun charges
BENNINGTON — An Arlington man who pleaded guilty in March to a felony charge of growing marijuana at his home was accused Thursday of pointing a gun at the woman who turned him in to police in the marijuana case.
Shane Leland, 23, of Arlington, pleaded innocent Thursday in Bennington criminal court to a felony charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. Judge Nancy Corsones ordered Leland held without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Lauren Ronan, of the Vermont State Police, said Neila Yardley called police around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday to say Leland had pointed a gun at her outside of his home in Arlington. Yardley said she was on her way to the barracks in Shaftsbury to make a report.
In the meantime, Leland called police to accuse Yardley of trespassing on his property. Ronan said she spoke to Leland, who told her that when Yardley would not leave, he pointed a BB-gun in her direction and threatened to shoot the tires of her car.
When Yardley arrived at the police barracks, she said she had gone to Leland’s home because the two of them share custody of three children. Yardley said she was also at the home to serve Leland with papers from family court.
Both Yardley and a friend who was with her at Leland’s home told Ronan that he pointed a shotgun at Yardley in an attempt to force her to leave the property. Yardley also accused him of grabbing her arm so hard it left a bruise.
Ronan said when she went to Leland’s home, he said he didn’t have a shotgun but would not let Ronan search the house. Leland’s mother provided police with three BB-guns and said one of them was the one he pointed at Yardley.
When Leland pleaded guilty in March to growing marijuana plants, his sentence on the felony charge was deferred for three years. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana for which he was placed on probation.