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Former Vt. trooper applies for disability benefits

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont state trooper accused of assaulting two men he believed had stolen his canoe has applied for unspecified disability benefits from the state and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A hearing on Eric Howley's case in Brattleboro on Tuesday mentioned the disability request. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Levine said if the 40-year-old Howley is found eligible for disability payments, it could have a bearing on the prosecution of his case.

Howley, who resigned in May, is accused of 2 counts of simple assault. Court papers said he repeatedly slammed a man's head on the trunk of his cruiser and pushed another man into a rock at a Wilmington lake in April. They were in a canoe Howley identified as his and that he had reported stolen.

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Click here to read the affidavit against Eric Howley.

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