LACONIA — A former Laconia man who shot and killed his wife as she walked down Court Street in September 1984 has asked a Belknap County Superior Court Judge to suspend two years of his 35-year sentence potentially allowing him to be released in 2018.
According to paperwork obtained from the court, Richard Pliskaner, Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1985 after he was indicted for first-degree murder. He was sentenced to a 35 year to life in prison.
This is the seventh time Pliskaner has asked the court for a sentence reduction. His previous requests came in 1988, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2006, and in 2010.
In the motion he wrote himself, Pliskaner said that he had met the three goals of incarceration: punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation.
After his guilty plea, "for the ensuring 30 years the defendant had continued working hard through attending 57 self help programs..."
Pliskaner said that if his request was granted he would have three years in prison to work on what he would do if released in 2018.
Senior Asst. Attorney General Jeff Strelzin objects to Pliskaner's request for a reductions.
He said the facts of the crime are still very disturbing in that in August of 1984 Pliskaner had been involuntarily committed to the N.H. State (mental health) Hospital for eight days. Upon his release, Pliskaner's wife Debra left him against Pliskaner's wishes.
On September 1, Laconia Police confronted Pliskaner while he was across the street from his wife's apartment. He was carrying a loaded revolver and the police confiscated it and released him.
On September 13, Pliskaner purchased a pistol, four boxes of ammunition and a holster. He lied about his name, his address and his reason for buying the gun.
On September 14, Pliskaner was driving through Laconia when he saw his wife walking her dog along Court Street. He got out of her car, shot her, spun her around and shot her a second time.
He ran away towards his car, but stopped, looked back and returned to his wife who was lying on the ground. Pliskaner fired a third shot into her head, killing her.
Pliskaner walked away and then shot himself in the head, living but loosing the sight in one eye.
Strelzin noted that Pliskaner has had a number of disciplinary violations during his time in prison, including sending a threatening letter to a former girlfriend and harassing her with multiple phone calls in 1996. An investigation determined he placed 55 calls to her after he had been specifically ordered not to.
He was also reprimanded for sending four threatening letters to his second wife and more recently, Stelzin said Pliskaner was transferred to the Berlin prison from Concord because a female mental health staff member in Concord felt he was "stalking" her.
Strelzin said that Pliskaner claims to be a mature 58-year old man, but "it is clear the defendant has not matured and does not understand what his did and how to comport his behavior to the law."
"His behavior demonstrates a dangerous and disturbing pattern of behavior towards women, a pattern of behavior that should no be rewarded with a sentence reduction," continued Strelzin.
Strelzin also cited Pliskaner's behavior to the court itself when in 2006 he accused the court of not doing enough research into his case and writing to the judge that incarceration is "simply a cash-making business, warehousing them and forget them, your job."
In asking Judge James O'Neill to deny Pliskaner's request, he wrote that the "defendant showed no mercy to his wife in 1984 when he gunned her down. He showed no mercy to her daughter in 2006 when he wrote her a letter calling her a liar. And now in 2014, he continues to show no mercy to his victims with his 7th attempt to leave prison early."
The court will hear Pliskaner's motion Monday at 1:30 p.m. Newspaper accounts of his 2010 hearing indicate that Debra Pliskaner's family was at the hearing and objected to his early release.
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