Leroy N. Clairmont, 48, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault and second degree aggravated domestic assault. He was ordered held until a bail hearing on Feb. 21.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Thomas Stange, on Sunday at 1:50 a.m. he and two other troopers responded to a home on West Sandgate Road where a woman said Clairmont was outside with a rifle threatening to kill himself. She said he had knocked out two of her teeth when he hit her earlier.
Police arrived and found Clairmont with a muzzleloader, which he put down at their request and was arrested without incident. Clairmont told police the woman is routinely violent toward him and had been hitting him during their argument. He did not recall striking her.
Troopers said Clairmont was intoxicated and kept saying he should have shot himself. He had a blood-alcohol level of .152 percent.
The woman said she had been at a party in Arlington with Clairmont and their vehicle became stuck on the way back. She had also been drinking, and provided a breath sample showing her blood-alcohol level was .182 percent at 4 a.m.
According to the affidavit, Clairmont told police he is on probation for assaulting the same woman in 2011.
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