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Man, his mother, charged with attempted murder, other felonies

Domestic disputes among New Hampshire residents can be so rancorous that a participant may occasionally get upset enough to want to have the other person eliminated. This can lead to a host of felonies being committed and charged against the accused perpetrator. Prison sentences in such matters are not lenient.

A recent New Hampshire case is an example of how these prosecutions often play out. State authorities arrested a Plainfield man and his mother recently in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme designed to kill the man's former wife to whom he owed about $18,000 from their divorce case. The person solicited to perform the murder usually turns out to be an undercover officer.

In this case, according to the police, the alleged hit man contacted the police on his own and is cooperating with them. The 63-year-old man and his 83-year-old mother are each being held on $1 million cash bail. They are charged with counts of conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder and attempted murder.

The accused man is also alleged to be behind in making $500 monthly alimony payments to his former spouse. The court indicated that charges for those arrears would be filed if payments were not started up again. The double-edged sword against the wife's attempts to get paid now appears to be that, with the man being incarcerated and possibly facing a stiff sentence of imprisonment, he will likely be hard put to pay any amounts without any continuing income.

Various New Hampshire state authorities participated in the investigation of this matter. One issue that criminal defense counsel will consider is whether the accused defendants went far enough to commit attempted murder and the other felonies alleged. Although attempted murder requires substantial action toward commission of the crime, the prosecution will be in better shape to prove the conspiracy and solicitation charges, which do not necessarily require the same amount of forward motion to carry out the crime. 

Source: unionleader.com, "Bail set at $1M each for Plainfield mother, son accused of trying to hire killer", Meghan Pierce, July 28, 2017

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