Apr 30, 2015 9:25 AM
CONCORD - The N.H. Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.
"We conclude that the defendant’s sentence is neither excessive nor disproportionate and, accordingly, affirm his sentence of death," Thursday's ruling stated.
The appeal centered on the issue of whether the death sentence was "excessive or disproportionate" in comparison with similar cases, in view of the crime and the defendant.
"Our review of the cases does not support a finding that the death penalty is only rarely imposed for the murder of a law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty. Rather, the cases reveal 'a pattern of jury verdicts' imposing death in similar cases," the court's ruling reads.
On October 16, 2006, Briggs and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance involving shots fired. When Briggs tried to stop Addison, a suspect in the domestic complaint, Addison turned and fired at Briggs. The officer, 35 and a five-year veteran of the police department, died of the gunshot wound the next day.
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