SUPERIOR COURT — A former Belmont man yesterday pleaded guilty in Belknap County Superior Court to selling fentanyl to his best friend and was sentenced to serve 4 to 8 years in the N.H. State Prison for Men.
Jonathan Woodbury, 32, formerly on 56 Arlene Drive sold fentanyl that he thought was heroin to Michael Chamberlain on February 7, 2014.
The remaining charges against Woodbury that involved different theories of the same crime were dropped.
Woodbury will serve his 4 to 8 year sentenced after he has completed serving a 1 1/2 to 3 year sentence imposed in July of 2014 for smuggling contraband into the Belknap County House of Corrections.
Woodbury, who was accompanied by three members of his family had nothing to say to the family of Michael Chamberlain who were also in the court room yesterday.
Speaking for him, his attorney Wade Harwood, said Woodbury and Chamberlain had been friends since they were in grade school and that he will have to live knowing he killed him for the rest of his life.
Deputy Belknap County Prosecutor Carley Ahern said that if they went to trial the state would prove that Chamberland went to Woodbury's home and consumed the fentanyl while he was there.
She said when he began to turn blue, people in the house attempted to revive him but ultimately called 9-1-1. When firefighters and police arrived, she said she would offer testimony that by Woodbury hedged before telling emergency responders what Chamberlain had taken.
She said she would call Det. Sgt. Christopher Noyes of the Laconia Police Department who would testify that Woodbury confessed that he sold the drugs to Chamberlain two days after he died.
By the time they administered NARCAN, Chamberlain has died.
She also listed Woodbury's previous criminal record that included 30 previous convictions from sales of tobacco when he was younger that escalated to assault, drugs possession, parole violations, and a second-degree assault in 2006.
Ahern said this would be Woodbury's second time in the N.H. State Prison.
Harwood said the Woodbury pleaded guilty but there were some mitigating factors including that others would testify the Chamberlain was already under the influence of impairment when he first arrived at Woodbury's home.
"It is possible he ingested the fentanyl before," Harwood said.
Harwood said Woodbury would also agreed to drop four motions to exclude much of the testimony filed on his behalf.
"He feels terrible," Harwood said. "It's difficult for him to deal with."
Once Woodbury is freed from prison, Woodbury must be on parole for four years and complete a substance abuse assessments.
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