An East Hardwick man who was taken into custody by the State Police after barricading himself inside his home has now been released from jail. Michael McCuen, 36, was being held without bail for allegedly assaulting a 33-year-old pregnant woman. But on Monday, the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office withdrew the hold without bail request and asked for a series of conditions of release including a court-appointed custodian to monitor McCuen and report any violations. McCuen is also subject to an Extreme Risk Protection Order which was ordered in January by Superior Court Judge Michael R. Kainen at the request of Hardwick Police. McCuen has since been charged with 1st-degree aggravated domestic assault. McCuen barricaded himself in the back room of his trailer in January refusing to come out and that he had guns in the room with him. Tear gas reportedly had to be deployed by state police to extract McCuen from his residence. McCuen faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison and $25,000.00 in fines.
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