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Former State Police Officer Arraigned On Assault Charges

CONTACT: Matthew I. Levine, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

June 12, 2012

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced that Eric J. Howley, of Wilmington, Vermont, was arraigned today on charges of two counts of Simple Assault at the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Brattleboro, Vermont. At arraignment, Mr. Howley pled not guilty to both counts, and was released on conditions. Mr. Howley was formerly a Trooper with the Vermont State Police, stationed in Brattleboro. According to the Information filed by the Attorney General, Mr. Howley is accused of recklessly causing bodily injury to Anton Pike and Mark Ellison while on duty on April 8, 2012. The charges are both misdemeanors, and each count carries a maximum possible penalty of not more than one year in prison, or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.

The charges in this case are based on an investigation conducted initially by the Wilmington Police Department, and subsequently by the Vermont State Police.

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