Police: Man injured woman by smashing TV with a sledgehammer
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | January 15,2013
BENNINGTON — A man who police said injured a woman when he smashed a television in front of her with a sledgehammer and then hit her was ordered held on $50,000 bail on Monday after the woman’s sister testified about prior allegations of violence.
Gary D. Boggus, 31, of Shaftsbury, was arraigned on Jan. 7 in Bennington criminal court on felony charges of obstructing justice and first-degree aggravated domestic assault, two misdemeanor counts of unlawful mischief and one misdemeanor count each of domestic assault and interference with access to emergency services. Boggus pleaded innocent to the charges.
In an affidavit, Trooper Justin Walker, of the Vermont State Police, said police were called to a Shaftsbury home on Jan. 6 around 9 p.m. Troopers were told that a woman was yelling into the phone for help.
When police arrived, they met with a woman with a black eye and abrasions on her face that Walker said they later determined were caused by flying glass from the television that Boggus smashed with a sledgehammer.
The woman told police she had been living with her sister for a few weeks. She said the relationship between her sister and Boggus was strained and that Boggus had made a comment about the woman moving out of the home.
After an argument, the woman said she left the house to “cool down” but returned later and sat on the couch where she watched television. She said Boggus came into the house and smashed the television with a sledgehammer which sprayed her with glass because of her proximity to the television.
On Monday, the woman testified that she tried to use her cellphone to call the police until Boggus took it away.
“He started punching me repetitively. He threw my phone. I got up, tried to retrieve my phone, which was in pieces, and he continued to hit me in the head so many times I don’t even remember falling down, three, four times. ... He was just hitting me over and over and over and over again. I’ve never been hit so many times in my life,” she said.
In court, the woman showed a black eye and chipped teeth, which she said were caused by the altercation with Boggus on Jan. 6, to Judge Cortland Corsones.
The woman also said Boggus threatened to kill her if she contacted the police.
The woman’s sister testified that the court had issued a temporary relief from abuse order in March 2012 for which she said she applied after he put her in a choke hold.
“I felt threatened before. I could feel that he had rage against me and it was getting progressively worse and he was getting progressively more violent with me,” she said.
The sister said during an argument on Dec. 29, Boggus threatened her sister and the police. She said she recorded those comments but he made threats against her later and she gave him the recordings.
According to the sister, Boggus has money waiting for him from family members that would allow him to return to his home state of Alabama.
Corsones rejected the state’s request to hold Boggus without bail but said he believed a large amount of bail was needed because Boggus’ releases would create a risk of violence. However, Corsones said Boggus’ lack of criminal record provided no evidence that he would fail to follow court orders.
The release conditions include an order that Boggus have no contact with the two women.