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Plea deal struck in Windham robbery case

March 20. 2014 11:10PM

A 19-year-old Salem man will spend a year in jail for attempting to carry out an armed robbery at a Windham home on the night of July 4, prosecutors said.

Keith Beal struck a plea deal with county prosecutors on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and accomplice to robbery in connection with his case pending in Rockingham County Superior Court, according to court papers submitted by his lawyer.

The plea — which still needs to be accepted by a judge — would mark the fourth conviction in the case against a group of men who tried to rob 21-year-old Joseph Terrell.

Terrell, who was charged with possession of marijuana, told police he took a shotgun away from one of his would-be robbers before calling police, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors will recommend the jail sentence for Beal in exchange for his guilty plea and recommend two years of probation.

One of Beal’s partners, Kyle Braciska, 19, of Salem received a similar sentence after pleading guilty to robbery-related charges in the case. Beal would face up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison on each of the charges had he been convicted by a jury.

He is expected to be sentenced on Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court.


Man wanted in rape is arrested

A New York man wanted by Nashua, N.H., police on charges of aggravated sexual assault was arrested Thursday in Vermont, according to Vermont state police.

Police said W. Michael Keegan, 62, of Fort Edward, N.Y., was being tracked by his cell phone use while driving his black Mini Cooper on Interstate 91 about 2 p.m. Thursday as he was leaving Walpole, N.H., and driving north.

He was stopped in Hartford, arrested and was being held Thursday at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on $45,000 bail.


Credit union hit in daytime robbery

A man with a fake beard entered a local bank and demanded cash during broad daylight on Thursday. Police are investigating the robbery, which occurred around 4:48 p.m. Thursday at the Granite State Credit Union, 19 Elm St.According to police, a man wearing a winter hat and fake beard entered the bank, threatened a bank teller and demanded money.

It is unknown whether the man was armed at the time of the robbery, said police, adding an undisclosed amount of cash was given to robber.

After receiving the money, the man fled on foot, according to authorities. There were no injuries in the incident.

The robber is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall or 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing tan cargo pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a zipper.

Nashua police have released several security photos of the robber, and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the city police department at 594-3500.

Courts Crime Windham


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