An Orange County jury has found William Pine, 51, of Brookfield, Vermont, guilty of two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer. The jury’s verdict, issued yesterday, found Mr. Pine guilty of attempting to cause serious bodily injury to two individuals on October 7, 2019, by using a gun to shoot into their car while they were inside at the intersection of Stone Road and Route 64 in Williamstown. The jury also found Mr. Pine guilty of providing false information to a law enforcement officer when he denied firing a weapon into the car during an interview with Vermont State Police. At the time of the incident, Mr. Pine was a Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department but was off duty when the incident occurred.
The case was heard by Judge Timothy B. Tomasi in Vermont Superior Court, Orange Criminal Division. After the guilty verdict, the court ordered an unsecured appearance bond in the amount of $25,000 and imposed additional conditions of release, including an evening curfew at Mr. Pine’s home and prohibiting Mr. Pine from leaving the state. Mr. Pine is next due in court in 60 days for sentencing.
Aggravated Assault is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The State of Vermont was represented by Assistant Attorneys General Paul Barkus and Robert Lees in the matter.
Attorney General Donovan thanks the jury for their service as well as the Vermont State Police and Assistant Attorneys General Barkus and Lees for their dedicated work on this case.
Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171