The man in the car with Brittany Bouthiette when she died of a gunshot wound September 15 in Killington is being held on federal firearms violation. Police say cocaine, ammo, and digital scale, and $10K in cash were found in the car.
Cody Ahonen, 28, of Mt. Holly, was arrested by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on September 20. Ahonen made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle in Burlington. At the conclusion of the hearing, Ahonen was ordered detained pending trial.
According to a federal criminal complaint filed on September 21, Ahonen was prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms due to a previous conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, specifically, a 2012 domestic assault conviction in Vermont state court.
On September 15, 2021, Ahonen’s girlfriend, Brittany Bouthiette, died of a gunshot wound sustained in a parked vehicle in Killington, Vermont. Ahonen informed law enforcement the wound was self-inflicted by Bouthiette. The gun used in that incident belonged to Ahonen and Ahonen possessed the gun before Bouthiette’s death.
After Bouthiette was shot, Ahonen attempted to throw the gun into the woods. Vermont State Police responded to the scene of the shooting. In a roadside ditch, troopers located a Glock pistol. Beneath the vehicle, troopers located a quantity of suspected cocaine base. Inside the vehicle, troopers located an additional pistol, a rifle, a quantity of powder cocaine, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a digital scale with white residue, and approximately $10,000 in U.S. currency.