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Seabrook man gets 10 years in domestic assault

Union Leader Correspondent

December 06. 2017 9:52PM
Fred McKenzie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a dozen charges in a vicious domestic assault. (Jason Schreiber/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

BRENTWOOD — A Seabrook man was sentenced to 10 years in state prison and apologized in court for a vicious attack on his girlfriend as he pleaded guilty to a dozen charges.

Fred McKenzie, 45, fought back tears as he stood before Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling on Wednesday to admit to the assault and told how he didn’t want to put the victim through a trial and “relive the nightmare” that haunts him.

“There’s not a waking moment that I don’t (think about it). Even when I try not to think about it I think about it,” he said, adding, “I still love the woman.”

McKenzie pleaded guilty to 12 domestic violence related charges resulting from the assault and attempted strangulation on June 7. They included four counts of second-degree assault, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, criminal threatening, and six counts of domestic violence.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge and two other charges.

The charges to which he pleaded guilty accused McKenzie of applying pressure to the victim’s neck or throat to impede her breathing and threatening to use scissors as a deadly weapon by pushing them against the victim’s back while saying, “I could paralyze you.”

McKenzie also stuck the pair of scissors near her eye and caused the victim to cut her hand.

He was also accused of terrorizing the victim and threatening murder by telling her that “if I can’t have you, no one will” and “you are going to die tonight.”

According to the charges, McKenzie sat on the victim’s torso, pinned her with his knees, put something around her neck and pulled, pulled her by her neck or hair, threw her to the floor, and pushed her against a wall.

During his sentencing, McKenzie apologized for “wasting the court’s time to have to listen” to his case.

Wageling said it wasn’t a waste of time. Calling it a “terrible tragedy” for McKenzie and the victim, she said she appreciated his honesty and willingness to accept responsibility and that he needs help.

Assistant County Attorney Annaliese Wolf was pleased with the plea agreement.

“Domestic violence is a serious and pervasive issue, which should be highlighted and addressed in order to bring an end to this type of conduct. This plea is a fair and just resolution for the terror and violence that the victim endured that night. I hope this plea sends a message to the community that this behavior is not tolerated,” she said.

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