Judge denies bail for Aaron Graveline of Huntington on assault and weapons charges; alleged victim wants him home
NORTHAMPTON — Despite a tearful plea from his alleged victim, Aaron Graveline of Huntington will remain behind bars until at least his next court appearance in November.
Graveline, 33, of 29 Russell Road is being held without bail on charges of assault and battery, threatening to commit a crime (murder), unlicensed possession of a firearm and improper storage of a firearm following a dangerousness hearing Thursday in Northampton District Court.
He is accused of punching live-in girlfriend Tasha Meacham, 30, in the head during an argument, threatening to shoot her and the couple’s landlord, and keeping an unlicensed .40 caliber semiautomatic weapon and ammunition unsecured in a canvas bag.
Considering Graveline’s criminal history, suicidal statements he made following his arrest, apparent mental health issues, and the fact there are unanswered questions about where and how he got the gun and whether he has access to more, Judge W. Michael Goggins said he felt there was enough of a danger to not release him or set bail.
Meacham and the couple’s landlord, Ronald Dudrick, both said in court they were no longer in fear of Graveline, but Goggins said whether they felt they were in danger wasn’t enough of a consideration on its own to set bail or release Graveline.
“There still exists a real danger,” Goggins said.
In court, Meacham filed a motion to vacate an existing restraining order against Graveline, tearfully telling Goggins, “I don’t feel threatened by him. I love him. I just want him to come home.”
Goggins denied the motion, leaving the order in place for the time being.
During the hearing Meacham invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and offered no further testimony at the hearing when questions about knowledge of the gun in the house were asked by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Michael Russo.
According to state police, Graveline told troopers during booking he had attempted suicide once before and now wanted to just “end it all.”
Graveline is due back in court Nov. 13 for a pre-trial hearing.