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Seabrook man at center of alleged police brutality case sentenced in burglary

Union Leader Correspondent

June 09. 2014 8:18PM
Michael Bergeron, 23, of Seabrook was sentenced to state prison on Monday for burglarizing a Hampton townhouse last August. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — A Seabrook man at the center of an alleged police brutality case was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison on Monday for breaking into a Hampton condominium.

A judge told Michael Bergeron, 23, on Monday that his attempts last Aug. 13 to gain entry into the townhouses at Dunvegan Woods, a 110-unit complex in Hampton, were among the most brazen he had seen.

“You were just walking into people’s houses in open daylight and when confronted about it you acted like nothing was amiss,” Judge N. William Delker told Bergeron on Monday. “That flagrant conduct is what drives the sentence in this case.”

A jury convicted Bergeron in April of one count of felony burglary for entering a townhouse with another man and taking two laptops.

Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer argued that Bergeron should serve a 1½- to 4-year prison term, saying that his attempt to break into the townhouses has shaken many who live in the complex.

Neighbors who spotted Bergeron and his partner had either confronted them or called police.

“All the people who testified in this case were affected by it,” Springer said.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason asked Delker to impose a 12-month suspended jail sentence on Bergeron. Gleason said his client had been accepted into a residential drug-treatment program in Portland, Maine, that would make him adhere to strict guidelines while he worked at a day job.

Gleason said Bergeron has been struggling with substance abuse issues and wants to address them.

“He maintains that he did not commit any crime,” Gleason said.

Delker ordered Bergeron to undergo any drug and alcohol treatment and counseling recommended by corrections officials.

Bergeron may be headed back to court to be a state witness against a Seabrook police officer accused of assaulting him.

Bergeron set off an investigation into the Seabrook police department after the posting of a YouTube video showing that he allegedly had his head slammed against a wall on Nov. 11, 2009 while in custody at the police station.

Seabrook police Officer Mark Richardson was indicted in April on a single count of simple assault by an on-duty law enforcement officer. His case is pending.

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