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Man sentenced 20-80 years for shooting at officer
Manchester police Officer Aaron Brown and his wife Julia (foreground) listen Monday during Gauthier's sentencing hearing. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
Garrett Gauthier, 22, was being chased through a Silver Street residential neighborhood April 12, 2013, when he turned and fired a bullet toward Aaron Brown, a 10-year veteran of the force. Brown was about 20 feet away; he ducked, moved toward a shed and returned fire.
Manchester police officers fill half a courtroom at Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Monday to see Garrett Gauthier sentenced for trying to kill a Manchester police officer. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
The sentence is the first of two scheduled this week for people who put a Manchester police officer in danger. Today, Chris Varigianis is expected to appear in the same courthouse and receive a seven-year sentence for driving a car at a police detective last June.
"It's the inherent danger in the job we all agree to and understand," he said. Brown said he remembers ducking once Gauthier turned toward him. At that moment, he thought about his wife and children never seeing him again, he said.
"I'm grateful no one was hurt that day," he said, "I was not myself and under the influence of a lot of drugs."
In paperwork filed before the hearing, Winters disclosed that Gauthier had come into a significant amount of money when he turned 21 and could access his share of a medical malpractice award. The award involved Gauthier's father, Toby Gauthier, who died when Gauthier was 13.
The prosecution was handled by Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance, who noted Gauthier was on probation last April. He wore a tactical shirt, which allowed him to carry three firearms, LaFrance said.
Police Chief David Mara; Brown's mother, Claudette Brown, Brown's wife, Julia Brown, and Brown all addressed Abramson.
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