SALISBURY — A local man who admitted to a Newburyport District Court judge that he pushed a woman down a flight of stairs was released from custody earlier this week after serving two days in jail. 

Jeffrey Holt, 33, of Railroad Avenue, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to two years in jail. All but two days of the sentence was suspended for two years, however, while he's on probation.

He also resolved charges of intimidating a witness and threatening to commit a crime, which were filed against him weeks after the initial assault in late September. The witness intimidation charge was continued without a finding for two years while he was sentenced to two years probation for threatening to commit a crime.

Holt had been arraigned and released on the assault charge, pending a trial, but was then placed in custody on Tuesday after being charged with the additional two offenses, which violated conditions of his release on that initial charge.

During Holt's time on probation, he must abide by all restraining orders, stay away and have no contact with his victim, complete an anger management program and remain drug and alcohol free with random screens. 

According to a Salisbury police report, Officer Craig Goodrich responded to Railroad Avenue about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and saw a small crowd yelling and pointing to a flight of stairs between two apartment buildings where a woman had just been thrown.

The victim was crying and yelling at Holt, asking why he attacked her. Goodrich walked over to Holt and escorted him away from the crowd. Holt told Goodrich he was jumped by four or five people while they were on the stairs. He later declined medical treatment when an ambulance crew arrived.

Goodrich then spoke to a witness, who told the officer the woman was walking up the stairs when Holt grabbed the victim and threw her down the stairs. The victim’s boyfriend saw the attack and he, along with others, jumped Holt, Goodrich wrote in his report.

Two of the men who allegedly attacked Holt, Matthew R. Gaudreau, 43, of Salisbury, and John F. Richardson, 48, of Avon, were arraigned on assault and battery charges in the same courtroom in late October. 

Holt's charges of intimidating a witness and threatening to commit a crime stem from a Nov. 1 incident that began at Newburyport District Court during a harassment prevention order matter, according to Salisbury police Sgt. James Leavitt's report. 

After the hearing was over, Holt drove to a witness' home and threatened to kill her, Leavitt wrote in his report. 

Staff writer Dave Rogers can be reached at drogers@newburyportnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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