- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A protester at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has been convicted of a charge of simple assault, injuring a company employee with a chain during a demonstration.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1GLnVG7) 38-year-old Willy Levitt of Hardwick is facing up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine following his conviction Monday in superior court in Burlington. Levitt maintained he never touched the employee.

Levitt was taking part in the May 27 protest opposing a Vermont Gas natural gas pipeline to extend service to Addison and Rutland counties.

Police say employees asked the protesters to move to the public sidewalk but they refused and then pushed an employee and struck her with a large chain as they were trying to chain a fellow protester to the front door.

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


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