Man Wants To Withdraw Guilty Plea Claiming Officer Lied

Feb 7, 2019

A Massachusetts man has filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea on drug charges, claiming that a police chief in Vermont lied in his affidavit.

Attorney Avi Springer says in the motion filed Tuesday body camera videos show his client, Carlos Inostroza, did not consent to a search by the then-officer, which is contrary to the affidavit.

The Times Argus reports Inostroza pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to felony heroin and cocaine possession and misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was sentenced to serve a maximum of 180 days.

Northfield Police Chief John Helfant's attorney says his client denies the allegations.  The attorney says they are confident that a review of the tapes with Helfant present will vindicate him.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan confirmed Wednesday there is an investigation into the case.

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