By BEA LEWIS, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
CONCORD — A Franklin man accused of going on a rampage with an excavator and using it to heavily damage a building his mother was attempting to buy is facing felony charges of reckless conduct and criminal mischief.
Jordan Ingram, 29, was indicted by a Merrimack County grand jury when it met on Dec. 15.
According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant, Franklin police responded to a 911 call from Ingram's mother on March 7, reporting that her son was destroying a building that didn't belong to her.
She told police that Denise Dubois drove Ingram to the Tannery Street property in Franklin, at his request after he said he needed to "check something out." Once at the site, he got into a parked excavator, started it and she then heard a window break.
When she looked up, the excavator was by the building and she ran over and told Ingram to stop, but he told her "he had to do it. It was something he had to do." The woman then called Ingram's mother who arrived and talked her son into getting out of the excavator and leaving with the woman who brought him to the property.
When he was arraigned in the Franklin Circuit Court on March 8, the judge pulled the plug on the video feed linking the courtroom with the Merrimack County jail where Ingram was then being held, after the defendant launched into a profanity-laced tirade.
After the video link was restored, Judge Kristin Spath said Ingram had waived his right to participate further in the proceedings as a result of his conduct.
During the hearing, Prosecutor Chris Ahern said Ingram poses a danger to the community, as he is known to Franklin police and has a history of mental health issues. Ingram's mother was in the process of buying the building the defendant is charged with partially destroying with the excavator, Ahern told the judge.
"I didn't drive no mother f– excavator," shouted Ingram, before continuing to spout obscenities directed at the prosecutor, his mother and others.
Ingram is facing a felony charge of criminal mischief (vandalism) for using the heavy equipment to partially destroy a wooden addition connected to a brick building located at 15 Tannery St. belonging to Richard Dubois, causing more than $1,500 in damage.
Ingram whose address is listed a 10 Grove St. in Franklin, in court records, is also charged with felony reckless conduct for using the excavator as a deadly weapon.
Both of the charges are Class B felonies, potentially punishable by a 3 ½ to 7-year prison sentence upon conviction. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but rather an indication that an independent jury has voted, after hearing from police, that sufficient evidence exists to warrant a Superior Court trial.
Jordan Ingram, 29, of Franklin, is accused of using an excavator to partially raze this Tannery Road building last March. A Merrimack County grand jury recently returned indictments charging him with reckless conduct and criminal mischief. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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