Vt. man pleads not guilty in shooting that injured his son


A Vermont man denied charges connected to a shooting this weekend at his home in Goshen that injured his 28-year old son.

Jeffrey Young, 49, plead not guilty to five counts including Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Manslaughter in Vermont Superior Court in Middlebury Monday.

According to the police affidavit, Jeffrey Young, his son Nicholas Young, Nicholas’ girlfriend and Nicholas’ brother attended the Cider Stock Festival in Middlebury on Saturday.

Both Youngs had a few drinks, according to documents.

The group then went to Burlington. Jeffrey Young alleges they were there for a “drug transaction.”

When the others got out of the car, Jeffrey Young got into the driver seat and drove home to Goshen.

Within an hour of arriving home, he told police he heard pounding on his door and it sounded like someone was trying to break-in using tools, court documents show.

“So I just pulled the gun out and started shooting,” he told police.

According to the police affidavit, Young fired his handgun several times through the door of his South Hill Road home in Goshen after his son, Nicholas Young, banged on the door.

“Our understanding is that [Nicholas Young] may have started to attempt to kick down the door when the firing started,” said Dennis Wygmans, Addison County state’s attorney.

He shot four times through a window, one time into the windowsill and four through the door, according to Wygmans.

“I knew who it was. I knew what I was doing,” Jeffrey Young initially told police.

When he saw his son injured on the ground, he told him he “hoped he bleeds-out.”

Nicholas Young sustained a through and through shot in the back. He was treated and released from Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He’s now cooperating with law enforcement.

“He did provide a statement. Our office has been in contact with him to inform him on the ongoing nature of the case,” said Wygmans.

Judge Helen Toor ordered Jeffrey Young not to contact his son or others involved in the alleged crime.

“Yes, they’re junkies. I really don’t want to,” Young replied.

However, Young’s defense attorney Peter Langrock says his client is “unhappy” his son was hurt.

“He was at home. The people there were trying to get into his house,” said Langrock. “He told them to go away and exactly what transpired was shots fired through the door. His son was hit. I don’t think there was ever any intention to hurt anybody, it was to scare them away.”

Young is being held without bail. He’s due back in court August 28th for a “weight of evidence hearing.”

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