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Hartford CT drug dealer beat St. J host with .38 revolver, indictment claims

Jashawn Hunter, 34, of Hartford, Connecticut, was indicted on Thursday, February 24 by a federal grand jury with two charges of unlawful possession of firearms and one charge of possessing narcotics with intent to distribute them, according to the U.S. Attorney for Vermont.  

Hunter is currently detained on related state charges.  He has not yet been scheduled to appear in federal court.  The government has moved for Hunter’s continued detention pending trial.

According to court records, Hunter was arrested following an investigation into a brutal beating that occurred in St. Johnsbury in September 2021.  Hunter had been staying at the victim’s residence to conduct drug trafficking activities.  

When Hunter learned that the victim no longer wanted Hunter to stay there, Hunter beat the victim with a revolver and with his fists.  The victim, who suffered a fractured cheekbone and received stitches for his injuries, ultimately escaped out a bathroom window.  

A week later, law enforcement located Hunter, who threw a bag he had been carrying before he was apprehended.  Within the bag were approximately 4.7 grams of fentanyl, approximately 32 grams of cocaine base, a scale, and a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun.  Law enforcement also recovered the gun Hunter is believed to have used in the beating: a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver.  Hunter is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Hunter remains presumed innocent until and unless he is convicted of a crime.  If convicted, Hunter faces up to 20 years imprisonment on the drug trafficking count and up to 10 years imprisonment on each firearms count.  Any actual sentence would be determined by the Court with reference to the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the United States Code.

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  1. So unfortunate that yet another winter tourist from Connecticut is having a less-than-positive experience while on their Vermont vacation. One would think he would tell his friends of his feeling less than welcome to save them from a similar experience but I have to assume that an associate from his “social club” is already up here engaged in the same activities. Vermont’s tourism promotion dollars are obviously being well spent. Rock on, Jashawn!

  2. Law enforcement also recovered the gun Hunter is believed to have used in the beating: a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver. Hunter is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history.

    Another fine example for our (not so brilliant) leaders under the Golden Doom, criminals do not care how many gun control laws you pass. Repeat after me, criminal do not care how many gun control laws you pass. Now where’s the criminal charge for aiding in the sale and distribution of poison by the guy who allowed this to take place at his residence.

    Thank the heavens that this criminal from out of state is being charged federally. We have enough laws on the books now to deal with these predators who carry illegal guns while committing crimes. For another example of why law abiding Americans have the 2nd Amendment and Vermonters have Article 16, look to the Ukraine and then realize that we have an international border to the north with a less than trusted wannabe dictator at the helm. Russia or China could roll over his unarmed country and Vermont could turn into the Ukraine over night.

    Has anyone of our dem/prog leaders ever wondered who would protect them in such an occurrence. Sure, it can’t happen here. Said 100 million people who died in wars and revolts at the hands of their governments in the 20th century.

  3. I wonder how long before bj donavan releases this character until his court date?? All the state of Vermont reps who where pushing for gun control better be shouting if bj sets him free, I don’t think they care about crime just Law abiding citizens owning guns.

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