HAVERHILL — The retrial has been canceled for a 35-year-old Littleton man convicted in a 2011 stabbing in that town.
Jusiah Oddis has decided to serve a 2½-to-five-year sentence in the New Hampshire State Prison as part of a plea agreement in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill.
While Oddis remains behind bars, the new sentence is an improvement for him over the six-to-12-year term he had been serving following his first-degree assault conviction last year for stabbing Jaison Cryans, 17, at Parker Village. Littleton police said the stabbing was the culmination of a long-running feud between the two.
Four months ago, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reversed the conviction, saying the trial judge erred when he failed to allow Oddis’ attorney to present a case of self-defense or defense of another to the jury.
Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo said at the time she intended to go forward with a second trial of Oddis this spring.
After its review, the high court said there was “some evidence” Oddis reasonably believed Cryans was about to use deadly force against Oddis’ common-law wife and child.
Oddis was accused of using a 15-inch knife with a nine-inch blade to stab the teen in his arm and chest.
Oddis and Cryans had been quarreling for two days and exchanging threats, according to police.
The day before the stabbing, Cryans’ girlfriend told Oddis she could have him killed. After that threat, Cryans telephoned Oddis multiple times and threatened him.
Cryans, according to police, accosted Oddis, and Cryans’ uncle was within inches of him. Oddis was brandishing a knife, but Cryans continued to approach him and his wife, who was carrying the child. Cryans grabbed Oddis’ wife and pushed her before Oddis went after him with the knife, police said in their report.
Saffo said Tuesday that as part of the agreement, Oddis would be given credit for the time he has spent behind bars dating to last year. Saffo returned a phone call from out of her office and said she did not have access to the exact amount of time involved.