Manchester woman throws chair at judge during arraignment
August 04. 2013 5:19PM
MANCHESTER — A city woman being arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on charges that included assault, threw a chair at the judge, following up with shouted profanities.
Kristie Chapman, 38, of 140 Central St., who had sat hunched over in the jury box, appearing to chew on her fingers as the other detainees were arraigned, became increasingly agitated as Judge Thomas Barry went through the arraignment process with her, asking routine questions, including whether she would swear to the accuracy of information she had placed on an application for a court-appointed lawyer.
"I can't remember what I wrote," she said. As Barry continued to question her on routine matters, Chapman interrupted. "My mother has kidnapped my daughter and that's the truth," Chapman shouted.
She also said that's why she had gone to her mother's Chestnut Street address, the basis for the trespass charge. That's where she's accused of spitting on one police officer and struggling with two officers trying to handcuff her.
The judge cautioned Chapman several times about saying anything about the charges themselves, because the court proceedings are recorded and anything said could be used against her at trial. But Chapman continued to talk, saying she wanted to plead guilty to all charges, which also included a June assault in which she knocked a person to the ground at the Central Street address.
Told she couldn't plead guilty at the arraignment and the bail was going to be the $3,000 cash/surety requested by police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier, with conditions that included not going to the Chestnut Street address, Chapman reacted violently.
She picked up one of the armless metal chairs in the jury box and threw it at the judge, screaming at him.
As deputies hustled Chapman out of the room, followed by police prosecutors, a bailiff retrieved the broken chair. The judge appeared unruffled. Chapman is likely to be charged with at least criminal mischief as a result of the chair-throwing. Trial was set for Sept. 11.
Both parties arrested
Two Massachusetts residents were arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, the man for violating a domestic violence protective order and the woman for simple assault and criminal mischief.
Bail was set at $500 cash/surety for Cadust Michaud, 27, of 571 Main St., Waltham, who is accused of violating the DVP by being with Jennica Cesar, 26, of 11 Gardner St., Waltham, in violation of the protective order.
Cesar, whose bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance, is charged with simple assault, for allegedly slapping her ex-boyfriend on the side of his face, and criminal mischief, for breaking off the passenger side mirror on his vehicle.
Trial for Michaud was set for Sept. 11 and trial for Cesar was set for Oct. 10. Bail conditions for both bar contact with the other.
Offers an explanation
Bruce Allaire, 34, of 45 Myrtle St., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to violation of a protective order.
Allaire is accused of being in a vehicle Thursday on Amory Street with the woman who obtained the order.
Allaire told Judge Thomas Barry: "I was under the impression is was dropped." Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Allaire is under the umbrella of a 12-month suspended sentence on a January conviction for violation of a protective order and was indicted for felony simple assault by the May Hillsborough County North Grand Jury, both cases involving the same woman.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the woman and barring any consumption of alcohol. Trial was set for Sept. 11.
Grandmother was theft victim
Michael Revell, 22, of 245 York St., Stoughton, Mass., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of theft by unauthorized taking and theft by deception.
Revell is accused of taking jewelry from his grandmother and selling it to Cash for Gold, knowing it was stolen and not his to sell.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring him from contact with his grandmother and the store. Trial was set for Sept. 11.