NH man sentenced after shooting acquaintance at close range
CONCORD — The man who used a Derringer pistol to shoot an acquaintance in the chest at close range in Farmington last summer was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison Thursday.
20-year-old Nathan Foster had gone to a movie with three other men where they were kicked out for having a bottle of Crown Royal. Upon returning to Foster's residence, he and Austin Downs got into an altercation.
Downs punched Foster in the nose and when Foster pulled the two shot handgun from his pocket. Downs teased Foster, saying he wouldn't pull the trigger.
Prosecutor Timothy Sullivan says this is an example of why alcohol and firearms don't mix well.
“It was a really volatile situation that was made worse by alcohol and worse by the introduction of a firearm, which ultimately led to a very poor decision by Mr. Foster, which resulted in an injury to Austin and ultimately Mr. Foster being incarcerated for a significant period of time." Sullivan said.
Since Foster has been in prison since August of last year. He will have a pretrial confinement credit of 311 days