A 34-year-old West Springfield, Massachusetts, man who allegedly battered his girlfriend with a four-foot python during a domestic altercation has denied the charges against him in Springfield District Court.
Keith Paro was held in lieu of $2,500 cash bail at his arraignment on Friday. Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding said that during the attack threw a set of temporary stairs at the woman.
He also allegedly damaged home furnishings, stole items, and threw the snake into a hot tub before leaving the scene. The woman suffered minor injuries, including an injury to her knee from the temporary stairs, Spaulding said. The snake did not survive.
Police charged Paro with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (snake), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (stairs), malicious destruction of property over $250, domestic assault and battery and cruelty to animals. A pre-trial hearing was set for Nov. 27.