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Tot's abuser to spend up to 67 years in jail
Prosecutors called for a 30- to 60-year prison term for Roland Dow, saying he carried out a months-long campaign of abuse against 3-year-old James Nicholson in the fall of 2012.
A jury convicted Dow of 11 charges in June including first- and second-degree assault, witness-tampering and endangering the welfare of a child. Defense lawyer Tom Gleason argued for a five- to 10-year sentence, saying jurors never conclusively decided if he was the principal abuser or an accomplice of the boy’s mother.
The mother, Jessica Linscott, is serving a 2½- to seven-year prison term for felony witness-tampering and endangering the welfare of a child. She was the state’s key witness at Dow’s trial.
Nicholson has been visiting his mother in jail and shows no hesitation with being with her, she said.
Nicholson is doing much better physically, but has spoken of his fear about Dow, Mullen said.
The videos captured Nicholson moaning and wailing in pain while being forced to stay in a bathtub. Dow could be heard on one recording repeatedly questioning the boy, “What are you doing? What?”
“These are things no person should have to go through, let alone a 3-year-old baby,” she said.
Wageling said she did not believe the defense’s theory, and was punishing Dow solely on what he was convicted of at trial. She said that jurors winced, covered their faces and even cried as they watched the videos of Nicholson during the seven-day trial.
The case received national attention when the pair went on the run in November 2012, leaving the toddler at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The couple was apprehended at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., where they were going on park rides.
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