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Escape added to burglary charges
OSSIPEE — The Carroll County jail inmate who escaped by scaling over a razor fence last December waived formal arraignment on related charges in 3rd Circuit Court on Wednesday.
The inmate, David G. Hobson, 34, who was awaiting trial on four counts of burglary at the time of his escape, was indicted on one count of escape by a Carroll County Superior Court grand jury on March 7; he was previously indicted on one theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a 2004 Toyota Highlander from the parking lot of a Chinese restaurant on Route 16 in Wakefield after his escape. The escape charge is a Class B felony punishable by a 3 ½- to a 7-year jail term; theft by unauthorized taking of a motor vehicle is a Class B felony, punishable by a 7 ½ to 15-year jail term.
Assistant Carroll County Attorney Stephen Murray said Hobson waived formal arraignment Wednesday on both the escape and the car theft charge. He had previously entered not guilty pleas. Defense Attorney John Clothier represents Hobson. Hobson appeared without incident before Judge Steven Houran.
Murray said Hobson is still under indictment for four counts of burglary: two charges out of Sandwich, one charge in Effingham and the fourth in Wakefield, for which separate trials are planned for later this spring and summer. The court will likely schedule structuring conferences at a later date on the latest escape and theft charges.
Since his recapture, Hobson has been held at the New Hampshire State Prison on $500,000 cash or surety bail. After the incident, officials at Carroll County Jail suspended any outdoor recreation time for inmates in the prisoners' yard, which has high razor fences open to the sky.
Coincidentally, the Carroll County Commissioners were expected to review results of a report on jail security conducted by retired Hillsborough County Jail Superintendent James O'Mara. That report was aired in a non-public session with Carroll County Jail Superintendent Jason Johnson and Commissioners David Sorensen, Dorothy Solomon and Asha Kenney. The county commission had previously approved $6,400 for additional fencing at the jail.
Hobson's escape attracted attention across New England. After allegedly stealing the car from Wakefield, Hobson fled to the Alfred, Maine, area where he has friends and relatives. The U.S. Marshal's Office and state and local police agencies were involved in the six-day search, which ended with Hobson's capture in the Market Basket parking lot in Rochester after officials received a tip for which they offered a $1,000 reward.
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