- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) - A man who was shot by police and paralyzed following a high-speed chase has been granted permission to go home while he awaits trial.

Judge Robert Bent ruled Tuesday in favor of Eric Jackson’s request to move in with his mother in Lyndonville while he faces 18 criminal charges, including aggravated assault on police officers, The Caledonian-Record reported (https://bit.ly/1EYbogs ).

Bent’s decision was the last step needed for Jackson’s release. His attorney, David Sleigh, secured a promise from the Vermont Department of Corrections to place Jackson on medical furlough pending Bent’s approval.

Sleigh said Wednesday that he expects Jackson to be released in the next few weeks.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Lyndon man escaped from furlough and his probation officers, stole cars and rammed into two state police cruisers in May 2014. He was shot multiple times by state police and is paralyzed from the waist down.

He is being held on $200,000 bail in the medical unit at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Bent said that despite Jackson’s history of escaping furlough, he is not likely to flee prosecution or be a danger to the public because he is paralyzed.

Bent said Jackson’s home detention approval was contingent on his girlfriend - who authorities say has been connected to his crimes - moving out of his mother’s house. Sleigh said that process is underway.

“She understands the restrictions,” Sleigh said.


Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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