Scheduled fight at county jail lands pair in hot water

LACONIA — Two men who are in official custody of the Belknap County House of Corrections are in additional trouble for allegedly fighting in one of the bathrooms.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Michael Hann, 28, and Deric Nevin, 27, allegedly agreed to meet in a bathroom to settle a dispute on January 25 at 8:30 p.m.

The Belknap County Sheriff's Department investigates all alleged criminal activity at the jail, but when the sheriff began the investigation on January 27, both Hann and Nevin invoked their 5th Amendment right to avoid self incrimination and refused to speak to the investigator.

The investigator noticed Hann had multiple stitches on his upper right forehead and Neven's left eye was swollen and dark purple. Nevin also had scratches on his forehead and a split lower lip.

The investigator met with a different inmate who said he allegedly saw Nevin in the bathroom with Hann, who was standing in the shower. He said he heard Nevin say to Hann "Do you want to do this now?"

Hann allegedly replied "Whatever."

The witness said he saw Nevin swing at Hann, striking him in the head. When they started wrestling, the witness said Hann ended up on top of Nevin and was hitting him with his fists.

When the fight ended, he said the two combatants turned on the shower to wash off the blood while two other inmates cleaned up the bathroom.

The investigator said she reviewed the tape and she saw two men who she couldn't identify fighting. After the fight she saw one man push a cleaning cart into the shower followed by a second inmate who mopped the floor, corroborating the information she gathered from the witness.

Both are charged with one count each of assault by prisoner by mutual consent.