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March 21, 2012

Town official convicted in gun incident

Abramson may be forced from office

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Convicted Monday of felony reckless conduct, a member of Seabrook's Planning Board and Budget Committee will learn what his sentence will be within the next 60 days.

After a half-day of deliberations, Albert "Max" Abramson, 35, of 14 Charles Henry Way, Seabrook, was found guilty of one count of felony reckless conduct by the jury seated for his five-day trial at Rockingham Superior Court before Judge N. William Delker. The jury did not find Abramson guilty of the four other counts of felony reckless conduct.

Should he be sentenced to prison time, according to New Hampshire law, he would lose his right to vote and hold office during his incarceration.

The charges against Abramson stemmed from an incident that took place around 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2010. Prosecutors and Seabrook police said that's when Abramson fired his Glock 40-caliber handgun while people were at his home during a party, considered an act that put others in danger. A frantic, six-and-a-half 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.

No one had been shot.

Abramson was taken into custody prior to police entering his home on Dec. 19, after he was found in his Jeep attempting to leave the area. Following an investigation, Abramson was charged by Seabrook police within a few days of the incident.

"We charged him with one count of felony reckless conduct," said Seabrook police spokesman Detective Scott Mendes. "It was the county attorney that brought the additional counts of felony reckless conduct."

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