Former St. Albans cop to serve 3-6 months in jail

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MONTPELIER – Jason Lawton, 34, of Fletcher, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of simple assault.

After a contested sentencing hearing in Vermont Superior Court, Franklin Criminal Division, Lawton was sentenced to serve three to six months in jail.

In November of 2019, Lawton, formerly a sergeant with the St. Albans Police Department, was charged after striking an individual who was in his custody at the St. Albans Police Department and handcuffed in a holding cell.

Lawton was subsequently terminated from the St. Albans Police Department.

Simple assault is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of not more than one year and a fine of $1,000 or both.

At the sentencing hearing, the Attorney General’s Office requested a six-month term of incarceration.

The Court, Judge Martin Maley presiding, ordered Mr. Lawton to self-report to the Northwest State Correctional Facility by January 14, 2023.

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