Bombard takes plea deal in shooting case

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A Williston man accused in a Colchester shooting last March has accepted a plea deal, according to Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George.

Patrick Bombard, 30, has been held without bail for over a year after police say he shot Colchester resident Travis Carl in his College Parkway residence. Bombard originally denied charges of second-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Last week, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge, George said in an email. She expects the court to impose a four- to eight-year sentence at his next court date in July.

The altercation stemmed from a drug debt totaling $70, according to Carl’s testimony during the bail hearing last year. Carl said Bombard stopped by, searching for payment for a “bag of pot” he sold a few days prior.

Carl said he didn’t have the money. He went to the ATM at the Days Inn on Route 15 to obtain a receipt to prove it, he said. He then threw the receipt at Bombard that showed a balance of $0, he said.  That’s when Bombard pulled out a gun, Carl said, leading to a brief struggle before he was shot twice.

A University of Vermont Medical Center employee who treated Carl’s injuries testified the bullets were a “matter of centimeters” from hitting one of Carl’s major arteries.

Bombard fled the scene, surrendering to police two days later. If he were convicted on the original attempted murder charge, he could have faced 20 years to life imprisonment.