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Daniel P. Cole was sentenced Thursday to probation, anger management screening and counseling, and no trespass and no-contact orders with Taylor Swift at Kent County Court. | Nancy Lavin / The Westerly Sun

Swift trespasser given probation, no-contact orders


WARWICK — A Massachusetts man charged with willful trespass and disorderly conduct for an incident that took place outside Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill mansion in March was sentenced to probation for both charges, along with anger management screening and counseling, and no trespass and no-contact orders with Swift.

The three-day trial of Daniel P. Cole, 39, of Brewster, Mass., ended Thursday afternoon in 3rd Division District Court after Judge Frank Cenerini ruled Cole was guilty of both misdemeanor charges, ordering six months of probation for the disorderly conduct charge and one year of probation for the trespassing charge.

Cole will have five days to consult with his attorney, James Howe, and decide if he wants to file an appeal with Rhode Island Superior Court. If he decides to appeal the decision, he will be released on a promise to appear, but the no-trespass and no-contact orders will remain.

The March 20 incident was the third time Cole had appeared at Swift’s Bluff Avenue home, after Westerly Police Officer Kristin Kyhos issued him a no-trespass order in December. During the hearing, Kyhos, as well as the officers who responded to the March visit, testified in the trial. On-duty security guard Larry Shore also testified.

According to the police officers’ testimony, Cole drove to Swift’s home in his pick-up truck, informing the security guard that Swift had given him permission to enter the property. When the responding officers Robert Gilman and Terrence Malaghan arrived, he allegedly began cursing and refused police orders to exit his truck or show his hands. He continued to struggle once forcibly removed from his truck.

On Thursday afternoon, Cole was also called before the court as a witness. In his testimony, Cole recounted a very different series of events than those given by the guard or police officers. Cole maintained he never crossed the property line during his visit in March.

“I made a point not to go near the property,” he said, explaining he was trying to abide by the no-trespass order he was issued in December.

Cole also denied exhibiting any violence or threatening behavior when the officers arrived on the scene, though he acknowledged his use of vulgar language.

“I kinda got a little irritated, and I may have sweared at him a few times,” he said.

Howe argued that Cole’s unwavering confidence in his testimony, even when cross-examined by town solicitor Leo Manfred, proved his credibility as a witness. Cenerini, however, noted that Cole’s account directly conflicted with testimony from all three police officers, as well as the security guard, all of whom were sequestered so they could not be influenced by each other’s statements under oath.

“It’s three strikes and you’re out,” Cenerini said.

Cole has no prior record in Rhode Island, though he has two charges of operating under the influence of liquor in his native Massachusetts, one from 2009 and one from 2000.

nlavin@thewesterlysun.com



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