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Former community TV manager gets suspended jail sentence

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

October 16. 2017 10:01PM

CHRIS WILLIAMS (LINKEDIN)

NEWMARKET — A former Newmarket community television station manager was given a suspended jail sentence and must perform community service after a disruption at a Newmarket School Board meeting last year.

Christopher Williams, 43, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct resulting from the ruckus at a televised meeting on Oct. 20, 2016.

The charge accused him of disrupting the meeting at which Right-to-Know activist Jeffrey Clay of Alton claimed Williams assaulted him by grabbing a sign he was holding that read, “NMSB Liars Resign!” during the meeting.

According to Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Stephanie Johnson, Williams received a 12-month suspended sentence on the disorderly conduct charge and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on a more serious felony charge of falsifying physical evidence related to allegations that footage from the meeting was destroyed.

Under the agreement, Williams won’t be prosecuted on the falsifying evidence charge if he completes 50 hours of community service within the next 11 months and isn’t arrested on any additional felony or misdemeanor charges.

Williams was also initially charged with simple assault after he was accused of touching Clay’s hands and arms while attempting to grab the sign from him. That misdemeanor charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“I am pleased that Mr. Williams admitted and took responsibility for his disorderly conduct and destruction of the audio/visual recording of the incident. I am disappointed, however, that he did not take responsibility for assaulting and threatening me. As far as the consequences the court imposed on Mr. Williams, all I can say is I am incredibly grateful to all of the professionals at the Rockingham County Court for all of their time, effort, and compassion,” Clay said in an emailed statement.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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