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Man shot by Keene police officer gets 60 days in jail

Union Leader Correspondent

January 23. 2018 8:11PM
Patrick Letendre of Keene, speaks with his lawyer Chris Wells in court in October. Letendre pleaded guilty to reckless conduct Tuesday for pointing a pistol in the direction of a police officer. (Meghan Pierce/Correspondent/File)

KEENE — A Wilford Street man who was shot by police in July was given 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to reckless conduct in the Cheshire County Superior Court Tuesday.

Patrick Letendre, 29, was indicted in September on one felony count of reckless conduct and another of criminal threatening for allegedly pointing a loaded Ruger pistol at police Sgt. Christopher Simonds and Officer Mark Cotton in a 40 Wilford St. apartment on July 10.

He pleaded guilty in court Tuesday on the reckless conduct charge, which was altered to say he had pointed the pistol “in the direction of” the police officer instead of the original indictment which charged he pointed the pistol “at” the police.

The second charge of criminal threatening was dropped Tuesday.

Letendre was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 300 days suspended pending good behavior. He was also given credit for 6 days of pretrial confinement.

He was also ordered, as a condition of his sentence, to participate meaningfully in substance abuse counseling and treatment deemed necessary and appropriate. He was also order to forfeit ownership of the pistol in the case, but is allowed to name a person the pistol can be released to.

According to court records, officers had been called for a domestic disturbance and helped a woman and her child remove their belongings from the apartment.

Letendre, who was at the apartment, allegedly was intoxicated and waived a gun, was shot by an officer and hospitalized.

In August, the Attorney General's Office stated the shooting was justified, saying Letendre was intoxicated and had pointed a gun at himself and two officers.

Letendre’s attorney Chris Wells said in October that Letendre prior to the shooting had no criminal record and on the day he was shot had been drinking and was emotionally distraught by a domestic fight. Wells said Letendre did not point a gun at police.

Since being shot, Letendre has seen a doctor for anxiety, started seeing a counselor, continues to work as a delivery driver for Domino's Pizza and has attended 112 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, his lawyer said.

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