Published DateLACONIA — The Bristol man who assaulted a 4 1/2-year-old baby who died 18-years later will serve a minimum of 18 1/2 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.
Bruce A. Watson, 47, pleaded guilty yesterday in Belknap County Superior Court to one count of second-degree assault and one count of manslaughter. Judge James O'Neill sentenced him to serve a 3 1/2-to-7 year sentence for the assault and 15-to-30 year sentence for the manslaughter.
A single count of second degree homicide, the original charge from August of 2012 was not prosecuted.
Watson assaulted Brian Wiggin by shaking and throwing him in December of 1989 in Tilton. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault in 1991 and served 18 months in the New Hamsphire State Prison.
Wiggin lived for 18 years confined to a wheelchair and died of his injuries on June 9, 2008.
The N.H. Chief Medical Examiner determined Wiggin died of the injuries he sustained from Watson in 1989.
Watson was credited with 321 days of pre-trial confinement.