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Most charges dropped against North Haverhill man who threatened officers during standoff

Special to the Union Leader

July 21. 2014 8:02PM


HAVERHILL — A 19-year-old North Haverhill man who, according to police, threatened to kill officers during an armed standoff at his home last November, will serve only the 97 days he spent incarcerated before sentencing, a Grafton County Superior Court judge has ruled.

Nicholas Amature initially faced a host of charges, including simple assault, criminal threatening, witness tampering and false imprisonment in connection with the incident at the Countryland Drive home in which he was armed with a .12-gauge shotgun.

The County Attorney’s Office dismissed most of the charges, and Amature pleaded guilty at a recent hearing to Class A misdemeanor charges of criminal threatening and resisting arrest or detention.

Judge Lawrence A. McCloud Jr. sentenced him to a year in the county jail, suspended for three years, and placed him on two years probation. The probation term may also be reduced, the judge said, if Amature relocates out of state.

A written prosecutor’s account of events says that shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2013, Amature’s girlfriend, Kristi Couture, called Haverhill police to report Amature was preventing her from leaving the Countryland Drive home, and had thrown her car keys into the woods and pushed her.

While police were responding to the scene, a Grafton County dispatcher called the home and spoke with Amature, who said the dispatcher “better not send police and he better tell them to turn around.”

Amature’s mother, Sherry Amature, warned police not to go behind the home because her son had a gun.

When Sgt. Wallace Trott and officer Brian Alling arrived, Amature refused their commands that he surrender, according to Assistant Grafton County Attorney Melissa Fales’ report.

Amature, a short time later, left the home and complied with officers’ command that he surrender, and police took him into custody, according to the report.

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