BENNINGTON — A Bennington man who racked up 16 criminal counts over several years of substance use, facing decades behind bars and millions of dollars in fines, will avoid jail time after cleaning himself up in rehaband reached a plea agreement with the prosecutors on Thursday.
Kirk Allard, 35 years old, pleaded guilty six counts including heroin trafficking and conspiracy crack cocaine trafficking heroin sales and three separate violations conditions.
In exchange for his plea, he was released from 10 charges, including assault and Robbery, aggravated attack with a deadly weapon and heroin possession. He also drove with a suspended license and several other violations. He was sentenced to a two-to six-year suspended sentence with probation.
“I need some more structure, and I want to get this all over with,”Allard answered Bennington Superior Judge Cortland Corsones’ question about his recovery. “I’m going to do what I can to accept what I did and pay the price for it. No jail time seems pretty good to me.”
Corsones said, “Keeping the conversation going,” “With all the charges you have, this seems like a good resolution for you. But you still have two to six years hanging over your head, so it’s important you keep on the road you’re on now.
“It seems you’ve made many good strides looking at who you were two years ago. You are in a very different place now,” the judge said. “The truth is, I’m very glad you’re sitting here in front of me now and not buried somewhere like so many others who went through what you’ve been through.”
“It was a rough year last year,”Allard.
“I’ll bet it was,”Corsones. “I know it was with what’s been going around town. We’ve lost a lot of young lives. I’m glad you’re not one of them. This is up to you, both for yourself and for society.
As his case progressed through the system, Allard spent almost four months in jail. With conditions including no alcohol consumption, possession, random drug tests, substance abuse screenings, and no driving, Allard was released into the probation program.