By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Franklin man will serve one to four years in prison for escaping through the window of a Belknap County Sheriff's Department while being transported from Superior Court to the jail last month.
Anthony DeForge, 28, formerly of 21 Pearl St., had been arrested on Aug. 13 by Tilton Police and charged with being in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell it.
After appearing in Belknap County Superior Court on Aug. 15, DeForge pleaded not guilty but there were some inconsistencies with his previous record leading the judge to hold him on cash bail and schedule a second bail hearing, leaving DeForge distraught and confused.
After getting in the sheriff's vehicle, he slid though a window while stopped in traffic at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street. The transporting deputy caught up to him almost immediately but slipped in the ensuing struggle allowing DeForge to head toward the Soda Shoppe.
An onlooker slowed DeForge down, and he was promptly arrested by two Laconia Police Officers.
As to the initial charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, DeForge pleaded guilty to felony possession and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years, consecutive to the escape sentence, but all of it was suspended pending good behavior and the successful completion of a drug and alcohol program.
He will be in probation for a total of seven years after his release.
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