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Former Barre City Police Officer Sentenced For Unlawful Trespass, Unlawful Mischief, And Resisting Arrest

CONTACT: Evan Meenan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

August 23, 2012

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that after a contested sentencing hearing Zak Winston, a former Barre City Police Department Officer, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 1 to three years all suspended except 60 days to serve for Unlawful Trespass of a Dwelling, 0 to 1 year all suspended except 60 days to serve for Unlawful Mischief, and 0 to 1 year all suspended except 60 days to serve for Resisting Arrest. Mr. Winston was previously found guilty of these offenses after a jury trial. The jury also found Mr. Winston not guilty of Burglary.

According to papers filed in court and the evidence presented at trial, on January 3, 2011, Mr. Winston entered his neighbor’s apartment at around 2:30 a.m. without permission or the lawful authority to do so. Afterwards, he threw the television that was just stolen from his neighbor’s apartment into the Winooski River. In addition, he unlawfully resisted the efforts of two Montpelier Police Department officers to arrest him.

As part of his sentence, the court recommended Mr. Winston be placed at the Department of Correction’s work camp. In addition, he will be required to complete anger management and substance abuse counseling, write a letter of apology to the victims of his crimes, abide by a curfew, submit to electronic monitoring, and reside where his probation officer directs. Finally, the court issued a restitution order directing Mr. Winston to compensate the victim of his crimes for her uninsured property damage.

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