Sep 7, 2016 11:59 AM

Plea, sentencing hearing scheduled for accused NH heroin dealer charged in man's death

LACONIA — A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Northfield man who was arrested for dealing heroin that led to the overdose of a Tilton man.

READ: Investigation into drug overdose death leads to arrest in Tilton

Brian Watson, 51 of Northfield, was accused of dealing heroin that led to the overdose of Seth Tilton-Fogg, 21, in April 2015.

A plea and sentencing hearing for Watson has been scheduled for Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. The state will disclose its recommended sentence and then review what facts it could prove if the case were to go to trial during the hearing, reported the Laconia Daily Sun.

The defense could agree to the prosecutor's recommendation or they may argue for a lesser sentence based on mitigating factors.

The judge will decide whether or not to accept the terms of the negotiated settlement after listening to both sides of the case. If the judge rejects the plea bargain, then the parties can return to negotiate a deal that will gain judicial approval. If this does not happen, then the case will be rescheduled for trial.

Watson could face 20 years up to life in prison under state law for the sale of heroin resulting in death.

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