Emergency extreme risk protection order issued in Sawyer case

Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 4:22 PM EDT
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Gov. Phil Scott says the alleged plot to shoot up Fair Haven Union High School prompted him to push for gun control. Now, one of the new laws signed Wednesday by the governor is being used to deny would-be shooter, Jack Sawyer, his guns.

Vt. Superior Court Judge Nancy Corsones on Wednesday signed an emergency extreme risk protection order. It went into effect even before the ink dried and it says Sawyer, 18, cannot purchase, possess or receive a dangerous weapon. The judge issued the emergency order after determining Sawyer poses an extreme risk of physical harm to himself or others.

Sawyer must surrender all of his dangerous weapons. There is a hearing set for April 25 to determine if the emergency extreme risk protection order on Sawyer stays in effect. And if it does, for how long.

According to the state's online inmate tracker, Sawyer is being held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland. He is charged with aggravated attempted murder for his alleged plot against his former high school. But the Vermont Supreme Court ruled this week the Poultney teen deserves bail, pointing to prior rulings in Vermont that preparation alone was not enough to prove an attempt.

There was no scheduled bail hearing when WCAX News spoke with the Rutland Courthouse Friday.

We reached out to the Rutland County state's attorney and Sawyer's lawyer for more information on the case, but we had not yet heard back when this story was published.