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News Release

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2009

Assistant Attorney General James Kennedy
(603) 419-0332
Jane Young Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 545-9282

Conviction For Assault Upon Windham Election Official

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte announces that Christopher Doyle, age 30, pled guilty to a class B felony for his assault upon Windham Supervisor of the Checklist Gail Webster, at the March 8, 2005 Windham Town Election.

Mr. Doyle was sentenced to 12 months at the Rockingham County House of Corrections, with all but one day deferred for one year upon Mr. Doyle's good behavior. Mr. Doyle was given credit for one day of pretrial confinement. Additionally, he was placed on probation and was ordered to complete 100 hours community service, complete an anger management evaluation, write a letter of apology to Ms. Webster, and his voting privileges in local or state elections in New Hampshire were revoked in accordance with Part I, article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution.

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte said: "Voting is the right by which the people of New Hampshire protect all their other rights. It is essential for our democracy that polling places be free of violence. Voters and election officials deserve to have a safe environment in which to select their elected leaders and to make decisions on how their government will be conducted and funded. My Office will continue to vigorously prosecute and upon conviction to seek significant consequences for those who commit crimes at New Hampshire's polling places."

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