Former Burke resident and criminal defendant Brian Hawkins will be released from jail on Monday and move into a new Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NEKHS) facility at 102 Marl Pond Road in Sutton.
Hawkins, 44, who suffers from an intellectual disability and was considered too dangerous to return to his Burke residence pending trial, has been held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield since mid-July.
But on Friday, Caledonia Superior Court Judge Justin P. Jiron granted conditions-of-release allowing Hawkins to move into the Sutton facility. The judge also denied an attempt by NEKHS representative Kelly Liberty to keep the location of Hawkins’ new home a secret.
Hawkins was a client of NEKHS when he was charged in June of 2021 with misdemeanor simple assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted NEKHS staff members and tried to force the driver of a farm tractor to give him a ride to Newport.