Vermont ex-con back behind bars for domestic assault

BARTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Northeast Kingdom woman who served time for a 2009 crash that killed her husband, faces new charges of domestic assault.

Christine Billis 2019 and 2009

Police say Christine Billis, 52, assaulted her boyfriend at a home in Barton Friday afternoon. She was taken to the Northern State Correctional Facility for a revocation of her furlough.

Billis three years ago pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges connected to the 2009 death of her husband, Charles Billis, 57. Investigators obtained audio recordings of Billis allegedly admitting she drove the family car into a tree on Route 5A in Charleston. In the recordings, Billis said she wanted to kill her husband, claiming he was controlling, had threatened her, and was mentally and verbally abusive.

Police could not tell WCAX News when Billis was released on furlough. Her minimum sentence to serve ended on June 25, 2018.

She will appear in Orleans Superior Court on Monday on the latest charges.