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Dalton man returns to jail, this time for gun threats
Wayne S. Ainsworth, 56, who has a long criminal record, is back in state prison for two to four years for criminal threatening last April.
Ainsworth was indicted on three charges. Following months of negotiations with the Coos County Attorney’s Office, he recently finalized a plea agreement in the case.
A year before his most recent arrest, on April 11, 2012, police from all points, including the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit, sped to Ainsworth’s address in the small rural town of Dalton just north of Littleton.
Police found Ainsworth seriously wounded from gunshots. He was taken to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster before being flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where he recovered.
Investigators did say they believed Smith shot Ainsworth and Besk, then turned the gun on himself, but they would not discuss the motive.
Like Ainsworth, Besk was a sex offender; he was convicted in Hillsborough County.
Corrections officials said the two were cellmates for a time who took advantage of the June 2009 change in New Hampshire law that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
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