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Dec 30, 2015 5:39 PM

Plaistow man denies abusing child, seeking reduced sentence after 2014 conviction

CONCORD - A man serving a 25½-to-67 year sentence after being convicted on 11 counts of child abuse is seeking a reduced sentence.

Roland Dow was convicted by a jury in 2014 after prosecutors said he tortured his girlfriends 3-year-old son.

"This child was covered in bruises from head to toe," said Prosecutor Patricia Conway.

"He constantly called him names like little prick and little bastard. In his eyes he could do nothing right," Conway said.

Dow and the boy's mother, Jessica Linscott, dropped the child at the hospital and fled the state. The pair was arrested after being spotted in a Florida theme park.

Linscott accepted a plea deal and served as the state's star witness during Dow's trial.

In a hearing Wednesday, Dow denied any involvement in the child's abuse.

"I would never harm a child," Dow said. "I didn't assault James. I don't think that the jury thinks that I assaulted James, and I think I should be sentenced accordingly," Dow said.

The state requested Dow's minimum sentence be increased to 30 years. The boy's family shared statements with the judges. His great-aunt Darlene Roberts said Dow deserved the sentence he was given.

"James is a sweet, thoughtful and compassionate little boy who is afraid everyday that Roland Dow will figure out a way to get free and resume his reign of terror upon him," Roberts said.

The judges are considering the arguments, it's unclear when a decision is expected.

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