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October 2, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court rejects Abramson appeal

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Supreme Court last week tossed out the attempt by a Seabrook resident to overturn his 2012 felony conviction.

According to Albert “Max” Abramson, 35, of 14 Charles Henry Way, the state’s highest court rejected all three issues he raised in his appeal of his March 2012 conviction. Abramson was found guilty of one count of felony reckless conduct by a jury seated for a five-day trial at Rockingham Superior Court before Judge N. William Delker. The jury did not find him guilty of the four other counts of felony reckless conduct.

Abramson was sentenced to one year in the house of correction, which was suspended pending good behavior, 200 hours of community service and a fine. However, because he was convicted of a felony, Abramson is legally prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm.

The charges against Abramson stemmed from an incident that took place around 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2010. Abramson was found guilty of firing his Glock .40-caliber handgun while people were at his home, considered an act that put others in danger.

Although no one was shot, a frantic, 61/2-minute 911 call made by a guest at the party reported gunfire and “blood everywhere,” and police from Seabrook, Salisbury and the New Hampshire State Police sped to the area. Seabrook officers approached Abramson’s home with guns drawn to investigate what was described as a tense situation, since they thought armed persons could still be present and people injured.

According to the ruling by the State of New Hampshire Supreme Court, Abramson appealed his conviction arguing on three fronts: that the trial court committed plain error by admitting certain statements he made to police, that the trial court erred by excluding evidence of certain conduct that occurred following the shooting, and that his conviction is unsupported by evidence and contrary to the weight of the evidence.

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