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An East Dorset woman settled several criminal charges filed in Rutland County on Wednesday with a plea deal that will see her avoid any jail time by attending drug treatment court.

Ashley Short, who also used the name ‘Ashley Runnells’, 33, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to police and retail theft and admitted five counts of violating his probation terms imposed after pleading guilty to assault and robbery. with a weapon in February 2017.

Short was charged with violating her probation by leaving Vermont and traveling to New York without permission from her probation officer.

Judge John Valente, who heard the sentencing, pointed out that he is also a Rutland County Drug Treatment Court judge and told her that she would have to agree to cooperate with a treatment plan to graduate successfully. .

If that happens, Short will face around two weeks on the task force. For violating the probation cases, Short could face one to five years in prison because that’s the underlying sentence for the assault and robbery charge.

Valente told Short, “I know you’re going to pass” the program and said that would mean his sentence would be delayed for three months. Short would be on probation for that time.

“I’ll tell you, for this court, I have two jobs, okay? A job is to be your biggest cheerleader. The other job is to hold yourself accountable. I try to do both,” he said.

Ian Sullivan, acting Rutland County prosecutor, explained the basis of the charges on Wednesday.

Accused of giving false information to a police officer, Short gave Rutland City Police Department Constable Tyler Billings a false name on July 13, 2021, as he continued a police investigation.

There was an arrest warrant issued for Short at the time, Sullivan said.

On February 22, Short stole clothing from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland Town, which formed the basis of the retail theft charge. The value of the clothes was around $65.

Short was charged with being in New York in 2021 without permission from her probation officer, which was the basis of the other charges.

Sullivan told Valente that the charges Short was on probation for were “very serious,” but said there was a reason the state was supporting the plea deal.

“Certainly if Miss Short is able to enjoy all the benefits of treatment court, she will not only see the legal benefits in terms of what happens with probation – what happens with pending charges. But more importantly for her and the entire community, she will have achieved the sobriety that she certainly (and) the community deserves and that we will all benefit from,” he said.

Attorney Chris Davis, who represents Short, said there were “a few bumps in the road”.

“I think we are back to a place where we are motivated to continue this. I feel really confident and optimistic about Miss Short’s participation in the treatment court. When she’s doing well, she’s doing really well and I think it’s an opportunity to get back on that path,” he said.

Short declined to address the court except to thank Valente for the opportunity.

Under the agreement, Short is expected to begin residential treatment on Monday.

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