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Convicted Manchester officer Stephen Coco moved to Coos County jail

Staff Report
April 28. 2014 7:49PM
Former Manchester police Sgt. Stephen Coco, right, during his sentencing at Hillsborough County Superior Court North in March. (UNION LEADER FILE)

MANCHESTER — Stephen Coco, the Manchester police officer convicted of felony hit and run, is serving his sentence at the Coos County Jail in West Stewartstown, the jail superintendent confirmed Monday.

Superintendent Craig Hamelin said Coco is at the Coos County jail on adminstrative transfer from the Hillsborough County House of Correction, which is more commonly known as the Valley Street Jail. He said Coco is in the general population and has had no trouble.

As of Monday, 36 inmates were in the 61-bed facility.

“We generally don’t have any issues. We’re a very safe correctional facility,” Hamelin said.

Two weeks ago, Hillsborough County Corrections Superintendent David Dionne said Coco may have been transferred to another facility, but he said he would not release specifics for safety and security reasons.

No matter where Coco is housed, he remains under the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections custody, Dionne said then.

In late March, Coco pleaded guilty to two counts of felony conduct after an accident in connection with the hit-and-run injuries of two Bedford teenagers in March 2013. He was sentenced to a year in jail, and Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson refused a prosecutor’s request to forbid home confinement.

Officials said that after two weeks, Coco would be eligible for home confinement.

Under a state law adopted in 2013, the jail superintendent can determine who is eligible for home confinement. Once doing so, however, the superintendent must notify the prosecutor, who can opt to challenge the home confinement before a judge.

Dionne said there are several options for inmates under his custody: incarceration, work release, home confinement, and day reports, where an inmate can leave to attend a program such as addiction recovery.

He said Coco will remain in his custody until he completes his sentence or receives a reduction granted for good time.

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