• Man acquitted in domestic assault trial
    October 24,2013
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    Man acquitted of

    domestic assault

    BENNINGTON — A local man was acquitted of a felony count of domestic assault after a jury trial Wednesday.

    Dana J. Pratt, 21, was arraigned in July in Bennington criminal court on a felony count of second-degree aggravated domestic assault, as well as misdemeanor counts of unlawful mischief and unlawful trespass onto property.

    The jury found Pratt innocent of all charges Wednesday.

    Police said a woman reported July 16 that Pratt had threatened her with a hammer, tied her wrists with a scarf and broke items in her home.

    The woman had been in a seven-year relationship with Pratt and they have a child together.

    Pratt still has pending charges of violating conditions of probation after his conviction for a 2012 domestic assault against the same woman in the July 16 incident. He is due back in court in November.
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