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Nov 3, 2014 2:59 PM

State, defense reach plea deal in Manchester, NH, shooting


MANCHESTER - A Derry man has pled guilty to a slew of felony charges stemming from an assault in May, when he held a gun to a man's head in Manchester near the man's apartment on Belmont Street, shot his way through a sliding glass door and shot another man inside the apartment.

Jason Kenyon was sentenced to four to 15 years in the state prison for first degree assault, criminal threatening and reckless conduct in Manchester Superior Court.

The state and defense reached a plea agreement, and Judge Diane Nicolosi sentenced Kenyon to four to fifteen years at the New Hampshire State Prison, and to have no contact with the victims or their residence. She further sentenced him to a 3 ½ -7 year state prison sentence, all suspended.

Kenyon's co-defendant, Jason Candelario, 26, pled guilty to accomplice to burglary, falsifying physical evidence, and resisting arrest.

The state argued that Candelario entered the residence with Kenyon, putting one of the victim in a "pressure point" hold, taking him to the ground, and threatening him for money.

He then fled the residence with Kenyon, changed his clothing, and discarded a firearm and mask behind a residence on Laurel Street. When confronted by police, Candelario took off running, leading officers on a foot pursuit through the neighborhood, and attempted to jump a fence before being taken into custody.

Candelario maintained that he did not actually enter the residence, but rather acted as Kenyon's look-out. Nicolosi sentenced Candelario to 4 to 15 years at the State Prison, with an additional 3 ½ - 7 years suspended.


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