By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Worried more about his addiction than jail time, Stephen Moy told a judge he wishes he could have gone to rehab when he was younger, but that wasn’t an option at the time. He ended up in prison, where he saw and learned many things, most of them bad. Now jail is again his only option.
Moy, 29, whose last known address was Elm Street, told a Belknap County Superior Court judge during his sentencing on Friday that he would "do the time" and agreed to serve a minimum of 2 ½ years in state prison for having two handguns in his possession despite a snafu in his parole records.
Moy also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to sell it, possession of heroin, resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of brass knuckles.
"I'm here because of me," Moy told the court.
Moy took the opportunity to tell the judge a little bit about his life, admitting to him that he was a drug addict and that all of the misfortune in his life had been caused by drugs.
He said he began using drugs at an early age, despite the fact that he came from a good home and was a hard worker, and ended up going to prison in 2008 for 3 ½ years when he was a "young, dumb kid."
He said there are still drugs in prison but they are more expensive.
Toward the end of his prison stay, Moy said he got into a suboxone program and was doing really well. He told the judge that while he was in that program he was clean for five years, had a job with a 401K, was making $40,000 a year and was a hard-working taxpayer.
When he was arrested for the gun charge in April, he said he was no longer eligible for the suboxone program and "fell back into drugs" within a matter of months.
In April, Moy allowed his parole officer to look at his cell phone after admitting to him that he had used methamphetamine. On Moy's phone was a picture of a handgun, which was recovered by the parole officer working with deputies from the Belknap County Sheriff's Department. A second handgun, which had been reported stolen, was found a few days later in Moy's apartment.
The problem was that Moy was no longer on parole but because he and his parole officer thought he was, he had consented to a search of his phone by the parole officer.
The case had been resolved between Moy and state County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandson when the agreed to a single 3 ½ to 7 year sentence all of which was to be suspended, but when Moy was apprehended a few days later and found to be in possession of six grams of methamphetamine, two grams of heroin and some brass knuckles, Gulbrandsen rescinded the offer.
In court Friday, Moy agreed to serve 2 1/2 to 6 years in prison for possession one of the guns. A second charge of being a felon in possession of a stolen weapon was dismissed and the court ordered the gun to be returned to its owner in Barnstead.
Additionally, Moy was sentenced to serve 3 ½ to 7 years for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it and 3 ½ to 7 years for being a felon in possession of brass knuckles. Both of those sentences are suspended but can be brought forward within seven years of his final release date from prison.
Moy was also sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections for resisting arrest and 12 months for possession of heroin. Both of those sentences are to be served at the same time as each other and the 2 ½ years in prison.
Judge James O'Neill asked about a specific drug program that is offered in the Berlin prison facility, but both Guldbrandsen and Moy's two attorneys told him the prison system will do their own evaluation and place him where it wants to place him.
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