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Derry man faces two to five years in state prison for assaulting his girlfriend

A 24-year-old man from Derry, New Hampshire, plans to plead guilty to second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon at his plea-and-sentencing in Rockingham County Superior Court on June 11, according to regional news outlet The Union Leader. This is part of a deal that would put Joseph Greenquist in state prison for two to five years following his July 29, 2012 arrest.

The source states that Greenquist choked and slapped his girlfriend, 21-year-old Megan Seppala, telling her "they would both end up murdered if she did not stop acting like a brat." Seppala told the Eagle-Tribune last July that the fight began when she asked for her phone charger and Greenquist got upset. He pushed the victim to her knees and then forced her into a bedroom closet, where he put a chair up against the door, trapping her inside.

"[He started] pulling the trigger and working the action of a shotgun while positioned outside of a closet so that [she] could hear the weapon while trapped inside," noted prosecutors. Seppala said she thought he was going to shoot her through the door. Ultimately, she was able to escape and walk outside.

Greenquist was originally indicted on a number of charges, including two counts of criminal threatening for which he could have faced up to 20 years in jail and a $4,000 fine.

He is currently being held at Rockingham County Jail.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life.

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