Shooting Suspect Withdraws Youthful Offender Request

Arther Butler smiles for the cameras in Caledonia Superior Court on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Photo By Todd Wellington)

A Topsham resident accused of shooting a St. Johnsbury man on Elm Street in April has had his case moved back into criminal court.

Arther S. Butler, who turned 18-years-old on Aug. 1, pleaded not guilty in April to charges of reckless endangerment and felony aggravated assault for allegedly shooting Brandon Delude, 24, twice in the back while they fought on the ground outside of 63 Elm St. in St. Johnsbury. But on May 17, Caledonia County Superior Court Judge Robert Bent, at the request of Butler’s defense attorney Dan Sedon of Chelsea, moved the case from public criminal court to non-public family court so Butler could be considered for youthful offender status.

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