- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A 31-year-old man accused of stabbing a fellow transient during a fight reportedly over panhandling territory in Burlington has pleaded not guilty.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/229hVnU ) Jason Ploof formally denied the charge of aggravated assault with a weapon Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington. He faces up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted.

Police say Ploof got into an altercation with 51-year-old Perry Thornley Jr. around 7:30 p.m. Monday on Main Street. Thornley ended up being stabbed twice in the torso during the confrontation.

Court documents state that Thornley identified Ploof as his attacker while recuperating at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

A woman with Ploof the night of the stabbing told police he wasn’t involved.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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