A Massachusetts man is facing charges he assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Vermont town of North Troy, federal prosecutors said.
A grand jury on Thursday returned a three-count federal indictment alleging that the 30-year-old defendant, of Springfield, Massachusetts, pointed a loaded handgun at an agent at the conclusion of a pursuit that began in Newport on Nov. 18.
The man is also charged with possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. If convicted, he faces a minimum seven-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors say the defendant will be assigned an attorney before he appears in federal court.
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The Border Patrol agents were helping state and local police pursue the defendant, who was wanted on state charges.
The man is currently being held without bail.