Barre, Vt. - A Barre man accused of killing two women in a February crash was back in court Monday afternoon.
Shawn Duprey was initially charged with two counts of gross negligent operation with death resulting. The 33 year old was arrested again over the weekend, police say he violated conditions of his original release.
In February, police say Duprey ran a red light at the corner of Berlin Street and Route 62, colliding with the vehicle of twin sisters Theresa White and Verna Cote. The two later died because of their injuries. At the time bail was set and conditions of release put in place. "I think over the weekend and as a result of his arrest, he's demonstrated that he has no concern over the court ordered conditions of release, basically disregarding them," those the words of Barre City Police Chief Tim Bombardier, shared outside the PD Monday.
Saturday night while on patrol, Barre City officers say they witnessed Duprey operating a motorcycle, a violation of his condition not to drive. When the officer searched his bag, they say they found cocaine, heroin, cash and other drug paraphernalia. It's why he was back in court Monday.
"The judge, I believe did, even though he didn't do everything the state was seeking, did a thorough analysis of the legal issues and he increased Mr. Duprey's bail by $50 thousand," said Washington County State's Attorney Scott Williams. Williams wanted the court to increase bail for Mr. Duprey, for 5 charges related to driving and drug possession.
Duprey pleaded not guilty to all five.
Williams argued that Saturday's arrest indicates possible intent to leave the area or the state. Duprey's lawyer, Amanda Kitchen, argued that wasn't the case, saying Duprey is a lifelong Vermonter with strong families ties, and a young daughter who also lives in Barre.
Ultimately the judge decided to set a new bail amount of $75 thousand and set more conditions of release, in the event Duprey makes bail.
As for why Duprey wasn't held over the weekend following after he was arrested again, Police Chief Tim Bombardier had this to say, "In this case, officers were going to lodge him, and they called the court for conditions of release, and the court, is the one who decided to release him on a citation to appear today, not the Barre City Police Department."
Duprey was taken back into custody pending his ability to make bail. Williams believes he'll be held in St. Johnsbury.
Durpey originally faced up to 30 years in prison for the February crash, that amount is now up to 33 and a half years with the latest charges.
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