LACONIA — A Meredith man who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled drug has been approved by the Belknap County House of Corrections for the electric monitoring bracelet program.
Andrew Currier, 51, pleaded guilty to the sole count on March 24, 2015 as part of a plea bargain that included the state dropping a single count of sales of a controlled drug — heroin, death resulting against him.
Currier admitted to withdrawing money from an account at a local bank and driving to victim Jason Dostie's place of employment in Meredith. Dostie was found dead in his father's truck by his father at their home in Moultonborough. An investigation determined Dostie died in Meredith.
Judge Peter Fauver of the Belknap County Superior Court sentenced Currier to 12 months in the house of corrections in March and granted him work release.
Belknap County Deputy Attorney Roni Karnis has filed an objection to Currier being released on an electronic bracelet. In her motion to object, she said the judge ordered work release but not a bracelet. She also said that since he is on work release, home incarceration "would not have the same punitive and deterrent effect on (Currier), particularly given that (he) is already at liberty during the day for work release."
"Said participation in the (electronic monitoring bracelet program) is the functional equivalent of release from custody," Karnis continued, adding she would be providing the court with statements from the victim's family when they become available.
Shortly before he was set to go to prison, Currier joined a Stand Up Laconia meeting and spoke openly about his addiction. He said he had also agreed to go to schools and speak of drug addiction as part of his rehabilitation.
Stand Up Laconia is a grass roots organization dedicated to stopping the use of illegal drugs especially for young people in the city of Laconia.
At that time, which was in January, he said he had been clean and sober for 20 months and admitted his real drug of choice was alcohol.
He said when he learned he was complicit in Dostie's death, he confessed all of his drug use to his wife of 27 years who threw him out of the house and subsequently divorced him.
Admitted to the Riverbend Program in Meredith, he said when he learned two months later that the Meredith Police were looking for him, he turned himself in.
He had been a counselor at the Riverbend Program but when he agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy, the program director removed him that position.
He told the group that sobriety had forced him to remember what he had and what he lost. He also recalled the embarrassment of having his name and mug shot in the newspapers. His case was covered by local media as well a state media.
"It's my fault," he said at the time.
The motion for the Department of Correction's request that he be released on the electric monitoring system has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.
The objections raised by the Office of the Belknap County Attorney in a previous request for electronic monitoring had at least one member of the Belknap County Commission crying foul and accusing County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen of not "being a team player."
Guldbrandsen replied that she was a "team player" and cited, in part, her volunteer work in the 4th Circuit Court's, Laconia Division Recovery Court as an example of how her office is working with the courts, the jail and numerous other local agencies to help people get clean and sober in lieu of incarceration.
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