- Associated Press - Friday, November 4, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Four St. Michael’s College students have pleaded not guilty to charges they unlawfully restrained a South Burlington man over an alleged drug debt.

Twenty-year-old Megan Benson, 20-year-old Tyler Malone, 21-year-old Zachary Szczechowicz and 21-year-old Daniel Barry each entered the pleas Thursday in Burlington.

They each face charges of second-degree unlawful restraint. All but Szczechowicz are charged with lying to a police officer. Barry is accused of simple assault.

Police say the Colchester students lured 21-year-old Amrou Mohamed onto campus on Oct. 6 by promising to sell him marijuana and then threatened him instead. Court documents say Benson planned to confront Mohamed over marijuana she believed he had stolen last year.

Police say Mohamed got away after drawing a gun in self-defense.

The students’ lawyers say their clients will be exonerated.

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