ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of confronting unwanted hunters on his property with a gun has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The Caledonian-Record reports 61-year-old Thomas D’Ambra, of Newark, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of misdemeanor simple assault in exchange for a suspended sentence for up to 30 days, with two years of probation. Charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment were dismissed.
He was accused of pointing a handgun at three hunters after he found them on his land in November 2018. D’Ambra disputed that.
D’Ambra must also undergo a mental health and anger management screening, give up access to firearms for two years.
D’Ambra’s lawyer said his client had no prior criminal record and that the alleged incident was the result of a misunderstanding. D’Ambra apologized to the court.