Local man sentenced for assault with ...

Local man sentenced for assault with weapon

There are 50 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Sep 7, 2010, titled Local man sentenced for assault with weapon. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

A South Street man who slashed someone he suspected of burglarizing his house was sentenced Friday to serve 20 months to 10 years in prison with credit for the seven months he has already served.

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GMB

South Burlington, VT

#1 Sep 8, 2010
sounds to me like a drug deal gone wrong. diaz prolly' owed keneally drug money. more bennington losers to have to babysit. one day, there will be no need for the court system and things will be taken care of by jthe public, their sentences will be quick and not without pain.
ridiculous

New Haven, CT

#2 Sep 8, 2010
This is outrageous! A man breaks into someone's home not once but several times, is confronted by his victim and receives the equivlant of a paper cut on the hand and this is paralelled with Murder? Seriously. Roberto, dispite his "hard" upbringing? His parents died and he became a ward of VERMONT STATE! Where was all of the programing and grief counseling for him then? Instead the foster care system kicked him to the curb when he was 18 with nothing! Nice! but now (that he has 2 small children, whom he is extremely involved with and a wonderful father to), has supported his family via hard work not welfare, unlike many scumbags in our town, we give him an extended sentence rip him away from his children and decide to help him with his decision making skills.
this is not JUSTICE Judge Suntag, it is job security for the system. With the ever increasing taxes of our state, the break down of family it is fair to say that the type of "programming" he should recieve, according to you, would be better served from home where he can continue to be an active part of his childrens lives. We all know how the "programming" works in jail. It is just a non existant entitiy where no one wins.
Good Call Judge Suntag! Wonder how you would have reacted if it had been your family. I don't think Mr. Diaz needs programming for his reaction I think you and the Town of Bennington need a WAKE UP CALL!
ridiculous

New Haven, CT

#3 Sep 8, 2010
GMB wrote:
sounds to me like a drug deal gone wrong. diaz prolly' owed keneally drug money. more bennington losers to have to babysit. one day, there will be no need for the court system and things will be taken care of by jthe public, their sentences will be quick and not without pain.
In case you misread the article that was what got Roberto in this mess to begin with. Bennington Police NOT doing an adequate job and him protecting his family. So based on your comment you feel he did the right thing. Taking care of what should have been done years ago with Mr. Keneally, who, by the way is the only druggie in this case.
allison

Bennington, VT

#4 Sep 8, 2010
THE JUDGE SAID:"This is how murders happen," Suntag said, adding that had it been a gun and not a knife Diaz pulled out of his car the situation could have been worse.

What happened to protecting yourself and your belonging..if you dont want to get shot and killed..keep your hands off other peoples property...
This sentence is WAY too long...The robberies in this county is rising..and some theives are getting very good at it..
OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS REALLY BAD...AND GETTING WORSE
In some countries if your caught stealing..your hand is cut off...
allison

Bennington, VT

#5 Sep 8, 2010
how ironic..that i just heard Michael Kaneally's name used referring to break ins that just happened a few weeks ago..I know someone in townn that had their locked door broken to find her TV and other things gone..and she is a mothe rof a young child...I know she felt violated and scared after that..he is who is suspected in this case..who should be behind bars..to pprotect our community...Im getting a gun...
dlg

AOL

#6 Sep 8, 2010
ridiculous wrote:
This is outrageous! A man breaks into someone's home not once but several times, is confronted by his victim and receives the equivlant of a paper cut on the hand and this is paralelled with Murder? Seriously. Roberto, dispite his "hard" upbringing? His parents died and he became a ward of VERMONT STATE! Where was all of the programing and grief counseling for him then? Instead the foster care system kicked him to the curb when he was 18 with nothing! Nice! but now (that he has 2 small children, whom he is extremely involved with and a wonderful father to), has supported his family via hard work not welfare, unlike many **** in our town, we give him an extended sentence rip him away from his children and decide to help him with his decision making skills.
this is not JUSTICE Judge Suntag, it is job security for the system. With the ever increasing taxes of our state, the break down of family it is fair to say that the type of "programming" he should recieve, according to you, would be better served from home where he can continue to be an active part of his childrens lives. We all know how the "programming" works in jail. It is just a non existant entitiy where no one wins.
Good Call Judge Suntag! Wonder how you would have reacted if it had been your family. I don't think Mr. Diaz needs programming for his reaction I think you and the Town of Bennington need a WAKE UP CALL!
Well said!!
Mae

New Britain, CT

#7 Sep 8, 2010
I agree with Judge Suntag on this one. Dangerous situation and this town needs to put a stop to it now with the growing population of the out of towners coming in from the cities. Our town has got to stay safe! I just wish Suntag would get stricker on other issues!
Mae

New Britain, CT

#8 Sep 8, 2010
I would like to add that someting should be done with Mike Keneally also!
Bennington

Holyoke, MA

#9 Sep 8, 2010
Michael Keneally will never serve time. He's a perfect example of, "It's all who you know in this town". In this case, it's his pot smoking, alcoholic of a mother.

Nice Job Sharron. You should be very proud.
this

Bennington, VT

#10 Sep 8, 2010
allison wrote:
THE JUDGE SAID:"This is how murders happen," Suntag said, adding that had it been a gun and not a knife Diaz pulled out of his car the situation could have been worse.
What happened to protecting yourself and your belonging..if you dont want to get shot and killed..keep your hands off other peoples property...
This sentence is WAY too long...The robberies in this county is rising..and some theives are getting very good at it..
OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS REALLY BAD...AND GETTING WORSE
Vermont needs a castle doctrine, people shouldn't need to worry about repercussions for protecting their family, home and possessions.
HoopSkip

Watervliet, NY

#11 Sep 8, 2010
Bennington wrote:
Michael Keneally will never serve time. He's a perfect example of, "It's all who you know in this town". In this case, it's his pot smoking, alcoholic of a mother.
Nice Job Sharron. You should be very proud.
I know Sharon very well and none of what you are saying is true. One should be careful what they spout on a public forum behind a user name. Sharon's children are adults and responsible for their own actions. To drag her name in this speaks volumes about your character. If Mike is guilty of attempting to break into that house, what was he after? I can assure you it wasn't a TV. Letís be honest here, the only victims in this case are the children. Both adults involved are going where they belong. You can't pull a knife on somebody. Diaz handled the situation completely wrong. If he kept a level head only one person would be going to jail. Now his children will suffer because he choose to take the law in his own hands. I understand his anger but not his actions. He of all people should have known what was at risk.
Yeah Right

Watervliet, NY

#12 Sep 8, 2010
this wrote:
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Vermont needs a castle doctrine, people shouldn't need to worry about repercussions for protecting their family, home and possessions.
Did you not read the article? A Castle Doctrine would not have helped Mr. Diaz at all as he was not in any danger from Mr. Keneally and was no where near his "castle". It was a simple case of revenge against Mr. Keneally's "alleged" attempted break in. Mr. Keneally has only been charged with a crime and has not had his day in court yet. It amazes me that some of the posters think that a man who would seek out another for a suspected injustice and attack him with a knife is a "good" father. Most are crying out for punishment and when it's metered out they cry about that.
ridiculous

New Haven, CT

#13 Sep 8, 2010
Mae wrote:
I agree with Judge Suntag on this one. Dangerous situation and this town needs to put a stop to it now with the growing population of the out of towners coming in from the cities. Our town has got to stay safe! I just wish Suntag would get stricker on other issues!
I am assuming your refering to Roberto as "an out of towner coming in from the city"? Hmm wonder why the assumption? Perhaps that is why you agree with Judge Suntag? closet prejudice? Perhaps? Not really the issue at hand the issue is this was not the first attempt Mr. Keanelly made at breaking into this home, the attempts were reported with no actual results, I think it is pretty obvious that he has no respect for the law since he is once again a suspect in a recent bugulary. Mr. Keaneally is a known polysubstance abuser with a long long history, and guess what? He is a local. Mr. Diaz has some "teenage" offenses which basically are no worse than any other teen in our area with the only difference being he would get caught.
At this stage of the game Mr. Diaz is a local, he has been here from the age of 11 or 12, through no choice of his own. Where he originated from is a mute point, but he is not an "inner-city thug" that you and the court attempted to paint him out to be, he would not even be able to survive in the city anymore he just does not have the "way" in him. There are many within our community who know him and have worked with him both as a foster child, student and co-worker and I don't think ANY of them would classify him as dangeraous or a danger to society. Impulsive? maybe. But dangerous Never! As for Impulsive...Well we have thousands of children and adults within society that are impulsive it is called ADHD and many more within the autistic spectrum who are classified as impulsive with poor decision making skills, it does not make them dangerous. The whole case here is just tragic and could have been prevented if the local police took things serious before they spun out of control. If a person can not protect their family from assholes then who will? Not the PD or the courts that is for sure!
ridiculous

New Haven, CT

#14 Sep 8, 2010
HoopSkip wrote:
<quoted text>
I know Sharon very well and none of what you are saying is true. One should be careful what they spout on a public forum behind a user name. Sharon's children are adults and responsible for their own actions. To drag her name in this speaks volumes about your character. If Mike is guilty of attempting to break into that house, what was he after? I can assure you it wasn't a TV. Letís be honest here, the only victims in this case are the children. Both adults involved are going where they belong. You can't pull a knife on somebody. Diaz handled the situation completely wrong. If he kept a level head only one person would be going to jail. Now his children will suffer because he choose to take the law in his own hands. I understand his anger but not his actions. He of all people should have known what was at risk.
He did take the proper measures. It was only when the attempts continued. I would dare say that Mr. Keneally was after drugs. Totally agree! What I don't think you know is the drugs he was after were not illegal they were prescribed to Mr. Diaz for an ongoing medical condition he has. You know prescription drug abuse is on the rise and is big business.
As for Sharon being dragged into it? Well maybe if she had let him take the consequences that should have been doled out when he was dealing at the high school, where she was principal, instead of making it "disappear" then maybe her son would not feel so entitled to do what he pleases with no consequence. I agree he is an adult and at this time his mother has no control nor should she but she definately set the stage for him.....
been there

Bennington, VT

#15 Sep 8, 2010
Suntag is a douche bag like most of the crooked judges here in Vermont... its all who you know,,,,
what a joke

Argyle, NY

#16 Sep 8, 2010
unreal the whole situation he held a job and hes an out of towner he wasnt bleeding the system now hes out of a job and the state has to take care of him while the other charactor running around still doing the same stuff ?whats wrong with this picture?
Grim peeper

New Britain, CT

#17 Sep 8, 2010
Seeking someone out and attacking them with a knife is pre-meditated attempted murder. The outcome of the attack is irrelavent. The lives in Bennington and attacked the alleged burglar in North Bennington. Why not call the police and let them come question the guy? He didn't confront the guy as he was coming through the window. I would support him fully if that were the case. It sounds like the State was very fair with him considering he attempted to attack someone with a deadly weapon. Knives kill peple too and considering the injury, to the hand, it was probably a defensive injury. Had he not moved his hand quickly this might have ended up much worse. What could have happened is much more important than what actually happened. The victim in this case is now dealing with his own charges. If he does in fact have a history then the state will have no choice but to take that into account and possibly label him as a habitual offender. Seems the participants in this matter have no one but themselves to blame for wat they are now faced with.
Who

Middlebury, VT

#18 Sep 8, 2010
He'll screw up and serve his ten years. He'll either find some other reason to "protect his family" or get into trouble "trying to provide" for them.
Anonymous

Argyle, NY

#19 Sep 8, 2010
GMB wrote:
sounds to me like a drug deal gone wrong. diaz prolly' owed keneally drug money. more bennington losers to have to babysit. one day, there will be no need for the court system and things will be taken care of by jthe public, their sentences will be quick and not without pain.
know your facts before you run your mouth. that was my home. and it wasnt drugs. it was our tax money! get it right ***hole!
Mrs Diaz

Argyle, NY

#20 Sep 8, 2010
My husband did what only any other man would do to protect his wife and newborn child. the cops straight up told us that they were not gonna be able to arrest keneally because of who he and his family was. is that fair? NOPE! so it needed to be taken into his hands. roberto did not stab him. he beat the *** out of him. he deserved way worse than that. Roberto is the best father besides my own that i have ever met.

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