EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 15, 2012

Abramson appealing gun sentence

Also running for attorney general as Libertarian

By Dave Rogers Staff Writer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SEABROOK — A former town official convicted in March of a felony reckless conduct charge stemming from a gun incident in his home has appealed the court’s ruling based on a lack of evidence.

Albert “Max” Abramson, who also announced he was running for Rockingham county attorney, claims the jury was denied an opportunity to hear evidence pertaining to events that led him to discharging a firearm in his house during a wild party on the night of Dec. 19, 2010.

Specifically, Abramson said the jury wasn’t allowed to hear about the gang-related backgrounds of the eight people inside his house at the time he fired his 40-caliber Glock handgun. Until recently, the Charles Henry Way resident was a member of the town’s Planning Board and Budget Committee.

“Seabrook officers chose to let all of them go, but filed charges against the Budget Committee member who was blowing the whistle on police corruption, violence and bloated overtime,” Abramson said in a statement.

In July, Abramson was sentenced to one year in the house of correction with jail time suspended for one year pending good behavior. His sentence did include 200 hours of community service, as well as a $1,500 fine, a portion of which was reduced.

Had Abramson been sentenced to prison time, he would have lost his right to vote and hold office during his incarceration, according to New Hampshire law. However, under his conviction, he may not own or carry a weapon.

In announcing his candidacy for Rockingham county attorney as a Libertarian, Abramson is hoping to unseat incumbent Jim Reams. Also challenging the Republican from Hampton, N.H., is Democrat Joe Plaia of Portsmouth, N.H.