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Winnacunnet grad guilty, faces up to year in jail for brandishing empty Airsoft pistol

Union Leader Correspondent

February 28. 2018 8:12PM
Maxwell Chaykowsky is on trial for allegedly using a weapon that looked like a real gun during a fight in 2016. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — Winnacunnet High School graduate Maxwell Chaykowsky was convicted of criminal threatening Wednesday for pulling out an Airsoft pistol during a fight with another student.

After nearly two hours of deliberation, a Rockingham County jury found the 19-year-old guilty of the misdemeanor that resulted from his arrest in December 2016.

Chaykowsky faces a year in jail at his sentencing on April 13 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Chaykowsky went on trial Tuesday in a case that stemmed from a fight in which his brother, who was a Winnacunnet student at the time, and another student, Bailey McDaniel, arranged a fight in Hampton. Chaykowsky went along with his brother and brought the empty Airsoft gun with him.

He claimed he was acting in self defense when he pulled it out and pointed it at McDaniel, who testified that he thought it was a real gun.

Courts Crime Hampton

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