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Balamotis sentenced in firebombing

BRENTWOOD — A Plaistow man was sentenced to two to four years in state prison for firebombing a house in Danville with two other men last year, and for breaking a bottle over a man's head during an unrelated incident in Kingston.

Jonathan Balamotis, 20, of Plaistow pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, arson and conspiracy to commit arson in Rockingham County Superior Court as part of a plea deal with county prosecutors.

Balamotis was the last of three men convicted of trying to burn down a house on Beach Plain Road in Danville on Feb. 23, 2011, to get revenge against two brothers following a drug deal gone awry, according to prosecutors.

Ryan Sawyer, 20, of Kingston and Ryan Reed, 20, of Sandown also pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case.

The trio used Molotov cocktails and burned a small area of the front garage, but neither of the men they had a dispute with lived at the home, according to prosecutors.

Balamotis was also indicted on a charge of second-degree assault months later for striking a man over the head with a bottle during a house party on March 5.

Prosecutors say Balamotis was at a Kingston apartment building when another tenant came home and passed him in the hall.

Balamotis struck the man from behind, landing the bottle on the victim's head and face causing facial lacerations, according to Assistant County Attorney Howard Helrich.

&#';There was absolutely no reason for the assault,&#'; Helrich said.

The victim may have mentioned that someone had taken his parking space when he walked by, according to Helrich.

Balamotis, who was free on bail, was taken into custody following his plea and sentencing hearing on Friday. Had Balamotis been convicted at trial, he could have faced up to 7 to 15 years in state prison. He was ordered to pay restitution to victims in both cases.

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