Apr 7, 2016 2:42 PM

Shooter in downtown Nashua attack gets 5 to 10 years in prison

NASHUA - A Nashua man has been sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for first-degree assault in connection with a shooting in the downtown area last April.

Ryan Mateo, 20, was the second person to be sentenced in the case. Rony Guzman-Encarnacion has already been sentenced to 3 to 6 years as the driver of the vehicle from which Mateo fired several shots. The pair were pursuing another vehicle where the victim was a passenger. One of the bullets hit the victim in the back after passing through the trunk of his car. Police were alerted when the gunshot victim sought treatment at Southern NH Medical Center.

This incident triggered a retaliatory shooting where 18 individuals were charged with riot, and one suspect, Travis McPherson, was indicted for shooting another individual. He is currently free on bail awaiting trial. McPherson was, in turn, shot at by two other man, also arrested since the August attack.

Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis C. Horgan said prosecutors argued in favor of the sentences for Mateo and Guzman-Encarnacion, emphasizing the senseless violence of the shootings and the substantial risk to innocent members of the community who could have been injured or killed by Mateo and Guzman’s conduct.

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