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For Immediate Release

October 5, 2007

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

New Hampshire Inmate Sentenced for Attempting Contraband Introduction

(Lancaster, NH) On October 1, 2007, a New Hampshire inmate was sentenced in Coos County Superior Court to one to three years in prison for Conspiracy to Deliver Articles to Prisoners, which is a violation of RSA 622:24.

On July 18, 2007 Richard Lee Duncan, 30, of Rutland, Vermont, attempted to bring tobacco into the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections, working with the Coos County Attorney’s office and the State Police obtained information that he had crafted a plan to bring tobacco into the prison. He later admitted to the crime. Tobacco is prohibited in New Hampshire State Prison facilities.

Mrs. Les S. Dolecal, Assistant Corrections Commissioner, said, “We are satisfied with the outcome of this investigation and thank all who brought it to a successful conclusion. The introduction of contraband into prisons is a crime and the Department will take appropriate action to prevent this from happening.”

At the time of the incident inmate Duncan was serving a 3 ½ - 10 year sentence from Hillsborough County Superior Court for the Sale, Possession, and Manufacture of Heroin. He is eligible for parole on November 9, 2007. The new sentence will begin at the conclusion of that sentence.

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