Man Will Serve 6 Months After Deal

  • Windsor County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Trombley, right, communicates with a colleague as Kyle Fellows, 52, of Hartford, left, waits to be arraigned in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

White River Junction — The 54-year-old man accused of having drugs, guns and explosives inside his Gifford Road home near Hartford High School took a plea deal this week and will spend six months in jail followed by a period of probation.

Kyle Fellows pleaded guilty to three drug charges in exchange for dismissal of a felony-level destructive or hoax device charge he faced in connection with two “pipe bombs” police say they found while executing a search warrant in January 2015 at the home he shared with his elderly mother and teenage daughter.

According to a plea agreement filed in Windsor Superior Court, Fellows pleaded guilty to felony-level cocaine and heroin possession charges and a misdemeanor charge of regulated drug possession.

Judge Theresa DiMauro sentenced Fellows to two to five years in prison, all suspended, except for six months to serve. He will report to jail on Oct. 10. Once his time to serve is completed, he will be placed on probation for the remainder of his sentence.

Among several other conditions, he was ordered not to purchase, possess or use regulated drugs without a valid prescription, and must complete a substance abuse screening and follow any recommendations, according to court documents.

Hartford police last year applied for a search warrant after receiving information from a “credible confidential informant” that Fellows possessed “a large amount of controlled substances,” according to an affidavit filed in the case.

When police executed the search warrant at the home, which sits about a quarter-mile from the Hartford schools complex, they found more than 90 grams of cocaine as well as prescription pills, several fire arms, more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition and explosives, including two live pipe bombs on top of a refrigerator, according to the affidavit.

Hartford police called in the state bomb squad unit to perform controlled detonations of the bombs.

After police searched the home, they obtained a warrant to search Fellows’ Hartford Avenue business, where they located 61 bags of heroin and other drugs and paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.

Also at the Gifford Road home that day was Samantha Caldwell, of Windsor, who police cited into court on drug possession charges in connection with the raid.

Caldwell in December 2015 pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of cocaine and stimulant drug possession, according to a court clerk. She was sentenced to 18-months probation.

As part of Fellows’ plea agreement, the state also dismissed three other charges where he allegedly violated conditions of his release.

Prosecutors in September 2015 dismissed a felony false alarms charge against Fellows that was related to someone calling in a bomb threat to the Hartford Probation and Parole Office earlier that year.

He still has a pending DUI charge, the clerk said.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.