Office of the Vermont Attorney General

St. Albans Police Officers will not be Prosecuted for January 2, 2018 Shooting

March 16, 2018

CONTACTS:

Bram Kranichfeld, Assistant Attorney General, 802-828-5517
James Hughes, Franklin County State’s Attorney, 802-524-7920

Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan announced today that his Office has reviewed the police-involved shooting incident that occurred on January 2, 2018 in St. Albans, Vermont.  The Office is declining to prosecute St. Albans Police Officers Corporal Michael Malinowski and Corporal Jason Lawton for charges related to discharging their firearms at Jack Laplant.  In reaching this decision, the Office reviewed all the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation.

Franklin County State’s Attorney Jim Hughes has also conducted an independent review and declines to file criminal charges against Corporal Malinowski and Corporal Lawton.

Jack Laplant is currently facing criminal charges for his conduct during this incident.  To ensure Mr. Laplant’s right to a fair trial and in accordance with the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct, neither the Attorney General’s Office nor the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office will, at this time, comment further on the specific findings of their reviews. The Offices can release additional information related to their decisions if and when the criminal charges pending against Mr. Laplant are resolved.

Last modified: March 16, 2018