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Woman accused of contacting victim of alleged Norwich stabbing 90 times from jail

  • Amanda Zanis, of Danbury, N.H., pauses before entering Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction, Vt., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated domestic assault in the alleged stabbing of her boyfriend, Pete Juricek, in Norwich, Vt., on Sept. 12. She was ordered held without bail. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

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Published: 12/13/2019 10:20:35 PM
Modified: 12/13/2019 10:47:28 PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON — A Danbury, N.H., woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in Norwich in September was charged this week with improperly contacting the man 90 times while she was in jail.

Amanda Zanis, 38, is facing 90 counts of contempt of court and two counts of obstruction of justice, according to a news release Friday from Vermont State Police. The charges stem from an investigation police launched along with the Vermont and New Hampshire departments of corrections into Zanis’ contact with the victim in October.

Zanis was last in court on Oct. 8, when she pleaded not guilty in the assault case. Following her plea, a Windsor Superior Court judge ordered that Zanis be held without bail in Chittenden County Correctional Center until her next court date and that she have no contact with the victim, Pete Juricek.

But during the October investigation, police found that Zanis had attempted to contact the victim 90 times while in the correctional center and that two of those times she either made specific requests or discussed the case with him, the release said.

Zanis is being held in prison on the original charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder. Police say that Zanis stabbed Juricek on Sept. 12 out of jealousy after he said he was getting back together with his ex-wife, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. The two lived together in Norwich, according to police.

A court date was scheduled on the contempt and obstruction charges for Jan. 14 in Windsor Superior Court.

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