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Guilty plea over burglary of NH State Police garage
Ryan Mackenzie, 29, of Northwood pleaded guilty to burglary on Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court for breaking into the state police barracks garage in 2011. (James A Kimble/File)
A state police K-9 indicated drugs were inside his car, and a state trooper later spotted a partially open cigarette pack in the car’s console. The trooper spotted a white substance wrapped in clear plastic inside the cigarette pack. But when a trooper came back to execute a search warrant on the vehicle on Dec. 30, the cigarette pack was gone.
The deal struck Monday is known as a capped plea, which will leave it up to a judge to ultimately decide the sentence. Prosecutors plan on seeking a 12-month jail sentence for Mackenzie.
Last month, a judge ruled against a bid by Mackenzie to have evidence thrown out on his case.
On Monday, Judge Marguerite Wageling decided to allow Mackenzie to call upon a doctor to testify about drug addiction.
“(Mackenzie) suggests there is ample circumstantial evidence for the jury to concluded that (he) is a cocaine addict due to the drug paraphernalia found within his motor vehicle,” Wageling said in the order. “Further, he contends that this circumstantial evidence supports a conclusion that (he) removed cocaine from the motor vehicle during the burglary.”
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