New criminal charges and lengthy criminal history interrupted planned plea and sentencing

New criminal charges and lengthy criminal history interrupted Tuesday’s planned plea and sentencing for the Vermont father facing prison for the 2021 Littleton crash deaths of his two young daughters. While the defense and prosecution were prepared to go forward with an amended plea that incorporates the new misdemeanor charges of breach of bail conditions for unlawfully driving after his license was suspended, as well as two new counts of contempt of court, the Grafton Superior Court judge was not pleased to learn that Jordan Couture, 38, of Milton, has 18 prior convictions, seven of them driving-related. In light of the new charges, the plea and sentencing hearing for Tuesday was converted to a status conference for the felony charges and an arraignment and bail hearing for the new misdemeanor charges. Attending the hearing in handcuffs, Couture, who is currently being held in the Grafton County House of Corrections.  He was arrested last week in Vermont for violating the conditions of his bail, which had been revoked in light of the new charges.