Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced that Kyle Thomas, 19, of Cavendish, has been arraigned in the Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division on charges arising out of an incident this weekend in Chester, Vermont, and on drug charges arising from an investigation by the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force (SVDTF).
Thomas has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of attempted kidnapping and three counts of sale of cocaine.
The Windsor Criminal Division held Thomas without bail as requested by the Attorney General's Office. According to papers filed in court, the charges against Thomas stem from an investigation into cocaine sales. During a period of less than 10 days an informant for the SVDTF made three purchases of increasing amounts of cocaine from Thomas.
On Saturday morning, Thomas arrived at the informant's residence and attempted to remove him from the residence at gunpoint.
When the informant declined to comply with Mr. Thomas' demands and ran, Thomas pursued him and shot multiple times. Thomas then fled the scene and was apprehended by officers from the Chester Police Department and the Vermont State Police. The informant was not injured.
The attempted murder charge is punishable by not less than 35 years to life in prison or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
The attempted kidnapping charge is punishable by up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000. The cocaine sale charges, together, are punishable by up to 35 years in prison and fines of up to $1,350,000.