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Kidnapping Suspect Freed as Part of Plea Deal

A Bellows Falls man accused of choking and kidnapping his girlfriend was released Tuesday as part of a plea deal with state prosecutors.

According to Windsor District Court documents, 40-year-old Chad Fickert received a suspended one to two year sentence in state prison, and was issued a $1,500 dollar fine after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and interfering with access to emergency services.

Fickert – who was also credited for four months served due to pre-trial detention – was arrested back in September by Chester police after the victim reported she had been choked by the man, held without her will, and repeatedly threatened with a handgun.

Prosecutors say witness testimony conflicted with significant portions of the victim’s statement, leading to the eventual plea deal.

As part of the deal, Fickert is prohibited from contacting the victim or witnesses, nor will he be allowed to posses a firearm or other weapons.

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