EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Breaking news

January 22, 2013

McDougall agrees to plea deal

SALEM — Patrick McDougall, until recently a Budget Committee and Zoning Board of Adjustment member, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and another misdemeanor charge this morning in exchange for having felony charges against him dropped.

McDougall, 38, received a 120-day suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine, suspended for two years, in 10th Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing government administration.

McDougall, who said little in court, admitted to interfering with a police officer trying to serve a subpoena on his wife, Jane, for another case, when he wouldn't allow emergency personnel to take his wife to the hospital. He starts serving a two-day jail sentence in that case tomorrow.

He also pleaded guilty in connection with a confrontation with fire Chief Kevin Breen. Judge Michael Sullivan ordered McDougall to serve a year of probation.

Two witness tampering charges and a criminal threatening charge, all felonies, were not prosecuted. McDougall declined to comment on the plea agreement.	

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Breaking news

NDN Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Photos of the Week