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September 5, 2013

Pelham man sentenced for run-in with police


He received small puncture wounds to one leg and his lower back, swelling around one eye and a bullet fragment under his scalp, the attorney general’s office said. The three officers escaped serious injury.

The two Windham officers attended the plea-and-sentencing hearing, as did Windham police Chief Gerald Lewis.

They declined to speak during the hearing, but after it ended, Lewis said the sentence was appropriate.

“I think it was fair and equitable,” he said. “Justice is served.”

Lewis said it was “an unfortunate incident” and he was glad none of the officers were seriously hurt.

Nearly a dozen of Hebert’s friends and relatives, including his parents, attended, some sobbing when he was led off to prison. Family members declined to comment as they left the courthouse.

But Hebert’s friend, Corey Couillard, 21, of Pelham, said he disagreed with the sentence.

“Do I think the sentence was fair?” Couillard said. “No, but people make bad decisions.”

Couillard said he and Hebert grew up together.

“He’s a great friend,” Couillard said. “He’s one of the best kids I know.”

Hebert could have faced decades in prison if he received the maximum penalties for the 11 charges. Many are felonies, each punishable by up to three and a half to seven years in prison.

He was sentenced on three counts of criminal mischief, two counts of reckless conduct and single counts of aggravated DWI and disobeying a police officer. Two counts of attempted first-degree assault and single counts of DWI and reckless conduct were not prosecuted as part of the plea bargain.

Hebert, or his insurance company, must pay more than $13,000 in restitution for the fence and damaged cruisers. He was also ordered to stay away from the Pelham and Windham police departments.

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