Poulton held without bail

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FARMINGTON – A man convicted of manslaughter nearly eight years ago was held without bail today after police say he committed a new crime and, in doing so, violated his probation.

Jeremiah Poulton, 25, of Farmington, was a 17-year-old when he was convicted of stabbing Jasper Blaine, 30, between the ribs with a knife during an argument at the Sherwood Apartments on High Street in Farmington. Blaine died of his stab wounds and another man involved in the fight, Derrick Viles, who also had a knife, was stabbed in the stomach. Viles survived his wounds.

Convicted of manslaughter, Poulton was sentenced to 20 years with all but 7 years suspended. On probation following his release, Poulton violated his probation in July of 2006, said Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson. The second charge of violating his probation came on Sunday, Aug. 10 when he was charged with terrorizing and arrested.

In court today, Poulton was ordered held without bail until his next court date of Sept. 11.

Also in court today for arraignment were four charged with conspiracy to traffic in prison contraband.

Corrections officers at the Franklin County jail said that two women, Pamela Swett,18, of East Dixfield and Sara Welch, 20, of Farmington, tried to arrange to bring illegal drugs to two inmates, Josh Allen, 23, and Joey Daoust, 21, both of Farmington. The officers were monitoring phone calls and said the women were trying to bring in the drugs to the men.

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