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June 17. 2013 12:04PM

Danville police chief pleads not guilty in firearms case

PLAISTOW – Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons has pleaded not guilty to a charge of negligent storage of firearms after he was accused of leaving a gun unsecured, later used by a teenager to commit suicide.

Parsons waived Monday’s arraignment in the 10th Circuit Court, Plaistow District Division, and is due back in court for a pre-trial conference Aug. 8.

Defense attorney Alan Cronheim entered the not guilty plea on Parsons’ behalf in a court filing last week.

Parsons, 54, is accused of leaving his Glock 22 .40-caliber handgun unsecured on top of a safe inside his home at 53 Caramel Drive, Danville, March 11.

While Parsons was away, authorities said his girlfriend’s 15-year-old son, Jacob Carver, accessed the firearm and shot himself. Rockingham County Attorney James Reams has said the shooting was a suicide.

The charge is a violation punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and was brought after an investigation by New Hampshire State Police and a review by the County Attorney’s Office.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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