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Domestic violence suspect could face life sentence

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A Burlington man charged with attacking his wife with a baseball bat now could face life in prison.

Police say James Scarola hit his wife Colleen in the head with their son's bat back in September. She is still recovering from severe injuries. Wednesday prosecutors upgraded the charge against James Scarola from attempted murder to aggravated attempted murder. They point to new evidence about the brutality of the attack and premeditation.

"The information that's outlined in the new charge and the information that's in the affidavit is something that's beyond anyone's wildest imagination, what you can do to another person," said Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan.

Donovan says aggravated attempted murder has rarely been used in Vermont, if ever. It carries a mandatory life sentence. Scarola is due in court to be arraigned on the new charge Wednesday.  His attorney did not return phone calls for comment Wednesday.

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