Barton man accused of shooting at his brother with a laser-guided handgun in Newport’s Gardner Park last year has been apprehended

A Barton man accused of shooting at his brother with a laser-guided handgun in Newport’s Gardner Park last year has been apprehended and ordered held without bail by Judge Thomas J. Devine. Matthew Champagne, 19, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in court to felony charges of 2nd degree attempted murder, 1st degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. The judge then ordered Champagne held without bail until a weight-of-the-evidence hearing can be held. We’ve got concerns with the seriousness of the offense which in and of itself would create some risk of flight from prosecution,” said Judge Devine. “The affidavit indicates that Mr. Champagne fled the scene in a vehicle after the shooting. He seems to have left Vermont for Connecticut not long thereafter and the state reports that when Connecticut authorities approached him he initially gave a false identity.” Newport Police say Matthew Champagne fired twelve rounds of .40 caliber ammunition at his  brother, Joseph Champagne, 22, after they agreed to meet at Gardner Park to discuss an issue between them just after 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2021.

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