Ex-Hartford Man Sentenced for Abuse

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

White River Junction — A 37-year-old former Hartford man was sentenced on Monday to two to four years in prison for physically abusing one of his stepchildren.

Kenvron Gardner hit the young boy so hard with a belt as a discipline technique that he left areas of distinct bruising on him. He pleaded guilty to felony aggravated domestic assault in January.

That wasn’t Gardner’s first domestic violence-related conviction. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors for physically assaulting his now ex-wife, Sheila White, who is the boy’s mother.

White addressed Gardner and the court during his sentencing hearing on Monday. She said her son has been traumatized by the incident.

“There is a pattern that is pretty clear to see,” White said, alluding to Gardner’s present and past convictions.

Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney Heidi Remick said the case came with litigation risks. A plea deal made sense, she said, and prevented further trauma to the boy and other children who may have had to testify.

Gardner also spoke on Monday. He apologized for the situation, but not necessarily for his actions. He said he would have taken the case to trial and believes he is innocent.

Gardner said the boy “was going through a lot” at the time.

“I should have used different tactics as far as fathering them,” Gardner said, adding that he is taking programming in jail seriously and will continue to do so.

Judge Timothy Tomasi accepted the plea agreement and told Gardner that his actions have lead to some — “if not a large part” — of the boy’s trauma.