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Child molester who was headbutted at his sentencing indicted for putting fellow inmate in chokehold

Union Leader Correspondent

March 23. 2018 1:33AM


DOVER — A convicted sex offender has been indicted on a charge of putting a fellow inmate into a chokehold before he was sent to state prison.

Christopher Elwell, 29, was being held at Strafford County House of Corrections on Nov. 24 when he allegedly assaulted prisoner Matthew Melvin. Elwell could face up to 7 more years in prison if he is found guilty.

Sheriff David Dubois confirmed his department investigated the incident, which happened around 9 p.m. in general living quarters.

Dubois said there were multiple witnesses but he could not release the details of the investigation.

Elwell pleaded guilty to assaulting a 4-year-old girl in June at the Dover Housing Authority on Mineral Park Drive.

After Elwell pleaded guilty and received a 7½- to 15-year prison sentence, prisoner Josiah Davies walked up to Elwell and headbutted him as he sat in the back row of the gallery awaiting transport.

Davies, who was arrested in Rochester for forgery and violation of probation, was in the courtroom for a dispositional conference.

Elwell will be arraigned on the assault by prisoner charge March 29.

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