Man sentenced for strangling college student

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BENNINGTON — A New York City man was sentenced to at least one year of probation after pleading guilty to charges that he strangled a woman this winter in her Southern Vermont College dorm room.

Collin Bromwell, 26, pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Monday to single misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and providing false information to an officer.

Judge William D. Cohen sentenced Bromwell to a minimum of 12 months and maximum of 18 months, suspended with probation, for the domestic assault charge.

Bromwell received a one-to-three month suspended sentence for the false information charge. Both sentences run concurrent.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, single felony counts of first degree aggravated domestic assault and assault and robbery with injury were dismissed by the state.

Campus safety called Bennington police the evening of Feb. 25 after a woman was assaulted and had her phone stolen, Officer Michael A. Sharshon wrote in an affidavit. The 22-year-old victim said that Bromwell had come to her room on campus asking for a place to stay. The woman said they were previously in a relationship, but it had ended a few months before.

Bromwell and the woman began to argue and Bromwell demanded money to buy a bus ticket to New York City. At some point, Bromwell pushed her down and held his forearm over her throat, strangling her while saying he would kill her. He then slapped her and left with her phone.

The woman was upset and her face, neck and chest bore what appeared to be scratch marks. Officers found the room in a state of disarray as if there had been a struggle.

When officers found Bromwell on Monument Avenue, he was carrying the victim's phone.

At the police station, Bromwell claimed he was invited to the dormitory and that the woman "gets jealous and crazy and that he never laid a hand on her," according to the affidavit. Bromwell claimed he and the victim attended an athletic event the previous night. College staff told police they saw the woman there, but she was not with Bromwell.

Bromwell had been detained at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland since his Feb. 27 arraignment, when Judge David Howard ordered him held without bail.

Cohen, at a March 8 hearing, set bail at $20,000, which according to court records, was never posted.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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