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Imprisoned pair could add to their already lengthy sentences if found guilty of assault

Union Leader Correspondent

August 27. 2014 8:54PM

Roland Dow, 28, of Plaistow is facing the possibility of additional prison time for an assault at the Rockingham County jail. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/FILE)

BRENTWOOD — Prosecutors indicated they are moving ahead to put a Plaistow man recently sentenced to 25½ to 67 years in prison on trial, for allegedly assaulting a man detained at the Rockingham County jail.

Roland Dow, 28, is facing felony assault and criminal threatening charges along with convicted murderer Damien Tisbert, 23, of Raymond in Rockingham County Superior Court.

The two men are accused of threatening and assaulting a 42-year-old man while he was being held at the jail between last November and December.

If a jury convicts Dow and Tisbert, it could mean more time will be added to their already lengthy prison sentences. Each of the charges are punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.

Dow was sentenced Aug. 14 to his lengthy prison sentence after a jury convicted him of battering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in the fall of 2012. Tisbert began serving a 47 year-to-life prison sentence in March after admitting to murdering 50-year-old Scott Dickinson inside his home in March 2012.

Prosecutors say that Dow and Tisbert were being held at the jail last fall when they struck and threatened to rape the man between last November and December.

The victim, who is only identified by his initials in court papers, was being held on charges that he was impersonating a police officer.

Tisbert’s lawyer, Steven Keable, recently asked a judge to get access to the victim’s mental health records. Keable argued in court papers that the alleged victim “may have a medical condition or mental disability that may be relevant with respect to his credibility as a witness.”

The alleged victim met with Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Swift last Dec. 24 at the Rockingham County jail to review facts about the alleged assault, but couldn’t “articulate with any certainty the date, time and particular criminal conduct” by Tisbert, according to Keable. The man claimed at the time that he suffered from dementia, Keable told a judge.

An in-house discipline hearing at the county jail resulted in no action being taken against Tisbert because of the alleged victim’s purported memory issue, according to Keable.

A judge recently issued orders under court seal on the defense’s request regarding the records.

Dow’s lawyers have not challenged any evidence yet. Dow’s trial is set for Sept. 22, while Tisbert’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 6.

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