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No murder charges for Manchester man in November shooting deaths of brother and second man
David Hoffens appears before a judge with his public defender Robert Swales at Manchester District Court. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)
The N.H. Attorney General's Office ruled Edgar Hoffens' death accidental, and Cable's a case of self-defense, according to Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Zaino.
She told Hoffens that he was the one who had the gun in the struggle between himself and Cable, and that it was David Hoffen’s brother who paid the price.
Hoffens, who was tearful in pleading guilty and who apologized for his actions in a statement read by Public Defender Aileen O'Connell, would not comment as he was leaving the courthouse surrounded by about a dozen family members and friends.
Zaino said, after the hearing, that the county attorney's office did not notify it of the sentencing because it was the Attorney General's Office that was handling the portion of the case directly relating to Cable's death.
Zaino said that Hoffens had a dispute with a man named Anthony Floyd two weeks before the shootings and that during it, according to Cable's family, David Hoffens brandished a gun. Zaino said after the sentencing hearing that he does not know what the dispute was about.
David Hoffens, believing Cable was reaching for his own gun, shot him in the head, Zaino said. Cable died later at a local hospital.
David Hoffens, however, fled the shooting but surrendered soon after near a bakery. He was distraught and repeatedly told investigators he didn't mean to do it and admitted to ditching, the gun, holster and his sweatshirt in an alley as he ran away. He later showed investigators where he tossed the evidence, but police never found the gun.
Hoffens was in jail for only a day before his family bailed him out. Since then, O'Connell said the family has moved out of the Lake Avenue neighborhood to another part of the city, and Hoffens is working full-time at a Goffstown landscaping company.
Hoffens, as part of his sentence, must: tour the New Hampshire State Prison; be on probation for three years; complete counseling and/or educational programs as ordered by the probation department; complete 100 hours of community service; maintain full-time employment; obtain his GED; waive sentencing review, and submit a DNA sample, as required by law.
“Good luck, Mr. Hoffens,” she said.
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