By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — After nearly a year of litigation, and a last-minute attempt to fire his attorney, a man who exposed himself to a number of children at Opechee Park in September of 2014 was sentenced to serve 3 ½ to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for one count of felony indecent exposure. He was credited with 525 days of time served.
Daniel King, 53, was found guilty by a jury in February after a six-day trial that saw many of his young victims take the stand and identify him.
In Belknap County Superior Court Tuesday, King had filed a motion to represent himself, which the judge said he could do, but denied King's request to file his own motion for setting aside the jury verdict.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen held sway when she said King's recent motion were only "trying to delay the inevitable."
Public Defender Eric Wolpin, who remained as King's attorney for the sentencing, said the state had chosen to define King by "the sum of his worst moments" when in fact he had worked with the homeless community in Concord, of which he was a member, to get food to people and create a food pantry.
Wolpin argued for a reduced sentence of 2 to 4 years, all suspended on good behavior, because while King had made mistakes in his past, he still maintained King's innocence in the Opechee incident and said he had done many good things for people.
While Judge James O'Neill sentenced King to the maximum allowable sentence under law, he did include a provision that King should get sexual offender programming and should receive good time for any classes or programs he completes while incarcerated. Guldbrandsen had not included these in her sentencing recommendations.
King was also sentenced yesterday to serve 3 ½ to 7 years for assaulting a prisoner while he was awaiting trial. He suspended 1 ½ years from the minimum sentence and three years off the maximum pending his good behavior. By law, this sentence must be served after the first sentence is completed.
Last year, King pleaded guilty to a federal count of failing to register his address(s) during his late 2014 flight from Concord to Arkansas where he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Office. He has yet to be sentenced on those charges but told the court yesterday he expects he will serve at least 24 months in federal prison after his release from state prison.
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