NEWPORT — The Claremont man heading to state prison for shooting another man in the neck is facing a new charge for allegedly trying to get the victim to lie about who did the shooting.
Terrell Watson, 33, was sentenced Wednesday in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport to five to 15 years in state prison as part of a plea agreement.
Watson pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to charges of first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
However, on Feb. 28, Watson and Kayla Marsh, 27, of Newport, tried to get the shooting victim, Edward Boisvert, 37, to change his story about the shooting, according to charges filed this week. Watson and Marsh were charged on Tuesday with one count each of conspiracy to commit witness intimidation.
Marsh, who identified herself as Watson’s girlfriend, said Wednesday that her attorney will file a motion to get the charge dismissed.
According to an affidavit filed by Claremont police detective Casey Piehl, Watson and Marsh talked to each other on the night of Feb. 28 about getting Boisvert to say he didn’t know who shot him on Oct. 2 in a High Street apartment in Claremont.
At one point, Marsh had two phone calls going, talking to both Marsh and Boisvert on separate phones, according to Piehl’s affidavit.
Sullivan County House of Correction staff record prisoner phone calls, and provided recordings to Claremont police.
During one of the calls, Marsh got Boisvert to agree to provide a written statement to the investigator working for Watson’s attorney that he, Boisvert, did not know who shot him.
Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said that Boisvert suffered a serious injury when he was shot by Watson with a Ruger pistol in a conflict over romantic relationships.
Watson’s indictment for conspiracy to commit first-degree assault include the names of three people who were with him in the time leading up to the confrontation with Boisvert. Hathaway did not answer if more charges were coming, but indicated the investigation is ongoing.
“I think it’s fair to say that at this time the state will examine the conduct of the other people involved in this conspiracy,” Hathaway said.
Watson was arrested the day after the shooting after a massive police repose in the region, including Claremont, Charlestown, and Newport police, as well as New Hampshire State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.
Hathaway said the law enforcement officers worked together to bring Watson in quickly.
“For the time that Mr. Watson was at large, he was a risk to the community,” Hathaway said.
Watson has a lengthy criminal record out of Massachusetts that includes charges of larceny, breaking and entering, and assault and battery on a police officer, Hathaway said.