LANCASTER – A Colebrook man pleaded guilty Monday and was ordered to serve between 5 and 10 years in prison for a fight in which an officer’s ankle was injured at the Coos County House of Corrections and for assaulting four people at a grocery store in his hometown.
Coos County Attorney John McCormick said Glenn M. Adjutant, 22, committed the first crime, which includes three counts of assault by prisoner, a class A felony punishable by 7½ to 15 years in prison, on Dec. 14, 2017 at the House of Corrections when he got into a struggle with correctional officer Scott Covey.
The second set of charges — five counts of simple assault – arose from a May 2, 2019 incident outside of LaPerle’s IGA where Adjutant struck his then-partner, another woman and two teenagers who had come to their aid.
McCormick told Judge Peter Bornstein that Adjutant’s actions at the store were apparently the result of his being unhappy about his arrest a month earlier by the U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire on a charge of distribution of suboxone.
Both the incident at the House of Corrections and at LaPerle’s IGA were captured by video recording devices, said McCormick, who chose not to prosecute two attempted assault by prisoner charges that had been handed up last Nov. 2 by the Coos County Grand Jury. Those charges alleged that Adjutant tried to both punch and head-butt Covey in the face/head.
Adjutant did plead guilty, however, to holding onto Covey; to kicking or sweeping Covey’s left leg; and, as the indictment said, to recklessly causing “serious bodily injury to another” when he pushed Covey and fell on top of him, in the process causing Covey “to sustain a fractured ankle that required medical treatment including surgery.”
Following his release from the House of Corrections earlier this year, Adjutant engaged in what McCormick described as “an outlandish melee” outside LaPerle’s.
While Adjutant is “rather young,” McCormick said he nonetheless already has a “lengthy” criminal record.
Per the plea agreement, Bornstein on the first felony sentenced Adjutant to between 3 and 6 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, with credit for 76 days of pretrial confinement; to 2-4 years on the second felony; and to between 3 to 6 years, all suspended for five years, on the third felony. The last two sentences will run concurrent with any federal sentence imposed on Adjutant.
For each of the five misdemeanor simple assault convictions, Bornstein order Adjutant to serve 12 month in the House of Corrections, all suspended for three years.
On April 10, federal and state law enforcement agencies arrested 17 people in the North Country, including Adjutant as well as the woman McCormick said was his partner, as part of a joint investigation into drug trafficking.
According to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Adjutant earlier this year was nearly its “Fugitive of the Week,” wanted on a warrant issued out of the U.S. District Court in Concord for bail violations stemming from the Distribution of Suboxone charge.
On May 7, a day before Adjutant was to be named “Fugitive of the Week,” he was arrested by the Task Force in an apartment in West Charleston, Vt.