Man who beat 2 people inside Portsmouth home to plead guilty
BRENTWOOD — A 47-year-old man is pleading guilty to charges that he broke into a Portsmouth home and beat two people with a metal baseball bat, prosecutors said.
Terrence Hartley, of Clinton, Maine, struck a plea deal with county prosecutors prior to going on trial in Rockingham County Superior Court.
He was indicted in Rockingham County Superior Court on seven counts of first-degree assault and single counts of burglary and possession of a controlled drug.
Terms of the plea deal have not yet been made public, but the first-degree assault charges are punishable by up to 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison.
Prosecutors said Hartley broke into the home — located in the Maple Haven neighborhood — by entering through a back door sometime before 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. Police said Hartley even beat a dog inside during the assaults.
Hartley went after a woman with a metal bat, striking her right hand, left thigh and right knee, prosecutors said. A man who owned the home was also struck across the back and on the thumb by Hartley’s bat swings, according to indictments.
The two victims were treated for their injuries at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and later released.
Portsmouth police were called to search the Maple Haven neighborhood. Hartley was found and taken into custody after a brief search of the neighborhood.
Prosecutors say Hartley allegedly had a quantity of cocaine on him when he was arrested by police.
Hartley is also a registered sex offender in Maine, according to state records.
That state’s sex offender web site says that Hartley is required to register for life due to his prior sexual assault convictions. The state of Maine listed Hartley as a resident of Hampton.The burglary and drug possession charges are also felonies and punishable by state prison time. Hartley is expected to change his plea on Friday in Rockingham County Superior Court.