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Drug dealer's ex-girlfriend says sentence is too short

Union Leader Correspondent

August 16. 2012 12:22AM

BRENTWOOD - A Danville drug dealer will spend up to four years in prison but the former girlfriend who turned him in to authorities said she thinks the punishment isn't enough.

John Bouraphael, 32, of 67A Cobbler's Ridge Road, was sentenced to 15 months to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty last week to one count of sale of a controlled drug (1.57 grams of marijuana), possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute (just over 4 ounces of marijuana) and possession of a controlled drug (79 oxycodone pills).

He was also given a suspended sentence of two to four years in prison on five counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rockingham County Superior Court Judge William Delker gave Bouraphael 209 days of pretrial confinement credit and ordered him to pay a $500 fine. He was also told to have no contact with his former girlfriend, Michelle Skofield, who has a restraining order against him.

In an interview outside the courtroom, Skofield, 30, said she felt the judge was too lenient and that Bouraphael should serve a minimum of five years in prison with no chance of parole.

'Everyone that knew John knew what John was doing, and it took the mother of his child to turn him in. It's sad. It's sad to know that he chose drugs and guns over his daughter, who he will never see again,' she said.

Skofield, who has a 4-year-old daughter with Bouraphael, said she went to authorities after the two broke up and told them about his drug activity.

Skofield said she also told investigators about a key to a security box at People's United Bank in Plaistow where they later found $410,000. Federal prosecutors are now trying to seize the money along with his jewelry collection, rare coins, rubies, and $5,500 in cash found at his home. Prosecutors have filed a civil forfeiture request in federal court, but the case has been stalled pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

Bouraphael has claimed that he obtained the money and other items legitimately and not through drug sales.

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