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Slain Nashua boy's dad faces assault, drug charges

NASHUA — The father of a murdered 3-year-old is expected to plead guilty Friday to several crimes not related to his son's death.

Shawn Ganley, 30, of 63 Chestnut St., is facing assault and drug charges, all crimes that allegedly occurred after the death of his son, Christian Jackson.

Christian died Feb. 20, 2011, of blunt-force trauma. Police have ruled the boy's death a homicide. No arrests have been made in the case.

Ganley shared custody of Christian with the boy's mother, Latoya Jackson, who told the New Hampshire Union Leader last month that she is frustrated her child's homicide case has not been solved.

Both parents have serious criminal backgrounds.

Jackson was convicted in 2005 on a hindering apprehension charge for trying to hide injuries to her 3-month-old daughter.

She received five years of probation after testifying against her former boyfriend, Jose Meza, who admitted to repeatedly breaking their infant daughter's bones because he was frustrated by her crying.

Ganley is a convicted felon who spent seven years behind bars for stabbing a relative in the chest and several other violent crimes, according to court records.

Last June, Ganley was indicted on charges of selling heroin, second-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault and criminal threatening for allegedly choking his former girlfriend, Allison Clegg, and saying, &#';I wish you had died the first time.&#';

In addition, Ganley is facing a separate assault charge for allegedly punching Jose Ramirez, 19, in the head while attempting to steal marijuana from him four days after Christian's death.

Ganley has been held at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester since his arrest.

A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at Hillsborough County Superior Court.

In a negotiated plea on file at the courthouse, prosecutors are offering Ganley four to eight years in state prison, with 1 1/2 years suspended, if Ganley enters the Delancy Street Foundation drug-treatment program.

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