LACONIA — A former resort employee has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to three counts of allegedly raping a female guest in the early morning hours of May 7, 2014.
If the plea is accepted by Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill, Douglas Fisher, 55, former of 15 Lake Street Apt. A in Gilford could serve a minimum of 18-years in the New Hampshire State Prison. He is scheduled to enter his plea Thursday.
Fisher is accused of breaking into a guest's room at The Margate Resort, tying her up and and repeated raping her. He allegedly threatened to kill her if she said anything and allegedly stole money from her before leaving.
Along with four courts of aggravated felonious sexual assault (forcible rape), he was also indicted for one count of burglary, one count of robbery, one count of false imprisonment, one count of sexual assault, and one count criminal threatening.
Fisher has agreed to serve 10 to 20 years with the maximum portion of the sentence suspended — stand committed, a second sentence of 8 to 20 years for a second count of rape to be served after his first sentence is finished — stand committed, and a third sentence of 10 to 20 years to be served at the same time as the first sentence that will be suspended on conditions of good behavior.
The state agreed not to prosecute the fourth charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
Fisher agreed to plead guilty to one count of burglary with a 7 1/2 to 15 year sentence that will be suspended pending 20 years of good behavior and one count of robbery to which he will be sentenced to 3 1/2 years to 7 years that will all be suspended, again pending good behavior for 15 years.
Charges of false imprisonment, sexual assault, and criminal threatening will not be prosecuted if O'Neill accepts Fisher's plea.
The alleged victim reported the assault and Gilford Police were able to make their arrest after Fisher's DNA matched on the Combined DNS Index System (CODIS). Fisher was arrested in December of 2014 and indicted in March of 2015.
He has been held in the Belknap County House of Corrections on $100,000 cash-only bail since his arrest.