Woman Sentenced for Assault of Veterans Administration Emergency Room Nurse
Burlington, VT –The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jennifer Beidler was sentenced yesterday to time served followed by a two-year term of supervised release for assaulting an emergency room nurse employed by the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, Vermont. Among the conditions of supervised release imposed by Senior U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha, Ms. Beidler is to avoid contact with VA employees in White River Junction, Vermont, and participate in substance abuse and mental health treatment.
On January 12, 2012, Ms. Beidler pled guilty to felony assault with a dangerous weapon. According to court records, on March 4, 2011, Ms. Beidler locked the doors of the VA emergency room and wrapped her arm around a nurse's neck while holding a scalpel. VA Police responded to the emergency room and disarmed Ms. Beidler of the scalpel. The nurse avoided serious injury.
The United States Attorney commended the investigative efforts of the VA Police Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle prosecuted the case. Ms. Beidler was represented by Natasha Sen, Esq. of Brandon, Vermont.