Barre woman denies bringing gun to court
BARRE — A Barre woman who is alleged to have made multiple death threats to a social worker denied Thursday that she brought a gun into the courthouse last month.
Zoie A. Nutbrown-Sutti, 46, was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge in Washington County criminal court Thursday. If convicted on the gun charge, she faces a year in jail and a $500 fine.
According to an affidavit filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Nutbrown-Sutti entered the Barre courthouse Sept. 24 and placed her brown leather purse on the conveyor belt to be scanned by an X-ray machine. A sheriff’s deputy working the machine said he saw something on the screen that looked like a handgun. When the sheriff’s deputy tried to reposition the purse to get a better look at what was inside, Nutbrown-Sutti uttered a couple of expletives, grabbed her purse and ran out of the courthouse, according to the affidavit.
The deputy said Nutbrown-Sutti returned 20 minutes later. The deputy noted that her purse was much lighter and no gun-like object was seen by the X-ray machine. But the deputy had saved the first image from the scanner, and after looking at it from several different angles confirmed that the object in question was a gun, the affidavit said.
Nutbrown-Sutti is on probation for violating an abuse prevention order, and the deputy told the Barre probation and parole office that he believed Nutbrown-Sutti had a gun.
According to another affidavit submitted by Thomas Dunn, the supervisor of the Barre office of probation and parole, Nutbrown-Sutti met Sept. 26 with her probation officer, another probation officer and Dunn. Dunn said he asked Nutbrown-Sutti about the gun and she admitted to having it, saying she kept it for protection because she was sleeping in her car. According to Dunn, Nutbrown-Sutti told him and the other officers that she had given the gun to her son and her son threw it away.
Nutbrown-Sutti’s social worker submitted an affidavit that said Nutbrown-Sutti had made multiple threats against the social worker’s life. The social worker said she began working with Nutbrown-Sutti in August 2011 because of concerns about Nutbrown-Sutti’s daughter. In May after a family court hearing, the social worker said in the affidavit, Nutbrown-Sutti told her, “I am not afraid of you, but you better be afraid of me because your head will be blown off your shoulders.”
The social worker said Nutbrown-Sutti left two voice messages on the social worker’s phone in August this year. In the first message, Nutbrown-Sutti said the social worker thought she was playing God but the social worker should realize that Nutbrown-Sutti is God and knew where the social worker lived, according to the affidavit. In the second message, according to the document, Nutbrown-Sutti again said she knew where the social worker lived and the social worker had better watch her back.
Nutbrown-Sutti is facing a separate probation violation and a charge of driving with a suspended license.
She has a litany of convictions dating back to 1990. Her 15 misdemeanor convictions include simple assault, possessing stolen property, retail theft, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.
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