LACONIA — A Barnstead man will have a prison sentence hanging over his head for seven years after pleading guilty to drug and illegal weapons possession charges.

Jesse E. Roberts, 36, of 4 Floyd Way, in Center Barnstead, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Belknap Superior Court to charges of possession of fentanyl and being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon — metallic knuckles.

Judge James D. O’Neill III sentenced Roberts to three to six years in prison on each charge, with all the time suspended on condition of seven years good behavior. He also ordered Roberts to undergo a substance abuse assessment within the next 45 days, and also ordered him to be on probation for two years.

As part of the negotiated plea, the Belknap County Attorney’s Office did not prosecute Roberts on two other counts of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapons, both involving switchblades.

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