Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Officer

Published: 9/20/2017 12:10:37 AM
Modified: 9/20/2017 12:10:44 AM

White River Junction — A 37-year-old Upper Valley man accused of assaulting a Windsor County sheriff’s deputy while she tried to arrest him in Bridgewater pleaded guilty to the offense on Tuesday.

Jeremy Guerin, who is homeless, also pleaded guilty to several other offenses in connection with a half-dozen open cases in Windsor Superior Court, including unlawful trespassing, operating a vehicle without a license, a third offense for driving under the influence and two counts of violating his conditions of release.

He took a plea deal, and received a total sentence of 3½ years.

“I am sorry for what I did and I know it was wrong,” Guerin told Judge Timothy Tomasi during his plea and sentencing hearing.

The sheriff’s deputy, Kirsten Murphy, elected not to address the court.

Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill, who prosecuted the case, called the incident “life-altering” for Murphy and said it resulted in “a significant amount of trauma.”

Murphy suffered injuries to her head and face, as well as her arms, shoulders and left knee during the assault on Aug. 2 outside of a Bridgewater apartment.

According to an affidavit, Murphy responded to a request for assistance on Mill Road around 8 p.m., and when she arrived, she found Guerin pounding on the door of the apartment and trying to enter it.

Murphy told Guerin to leave and when he didn’t comply, she attempted to take him into custody for disorderly conduct. A confrontation ensued and Guerin assaulted Murphy, at one point putting her in a chokehold, the affidavit said.

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