EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

July 10, 2013

McDougall avoids serving more jail time

McDougall avoids more jail time

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Grosky said Facebook postings prove McDougall is bitter and critical of his sentence and the judicial process.

“While he has done everything that the court has asked him, I would just caution him going forward,” Grosky said. “It shows Mr. McDougall is very loudly upset by the process. It is still a situation where it’s everyone else’s fault.”

Although the Facebook comments were not read in court, postings under McDougall’s name indicate he remains resentful.

In a post from May 27, he refers to the “harsh judicial sanctions” against him. It also says “my freedom was taken away from me.” Another comment from that day says, “I went to jail for nothing.”

A posting from May 28 refers to the “political vendetta and anger and resentment towards me” from public officials.

A comment posted Monday asks his Facebook followers to “keep me in your prayers” as the judge considered his case yesterday.

In a related court case, McDougall also received a 120-day suspended sentence as part of a plea bargain case stemming from incidents last summer when he had a heated argument with Salem fire Chief Kevin Breen over a patient’s right to refuse an ambulance.

He has been ordered to stay away from Breen, the Fire Department and Town Hall.

Two witness tampering charges and a single criminal threatening count were dropped as part of that agreement.

After Grosky mentioned the Facebook postings, McDougall’s attorney, Neil Reardon, told Sullivan that his client has been unfairly targeted by the prosecution.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for the court to hear this stuff,” Reardon said. “It is almost like they are trying to punish him into submission.”

Sullivan told McDougall that although he may upset with his sentence, he needed to be careful about what he said. The judge said he believed McDougall had learned a valuable lesson.

“I wish you godspeed and good fortune,” Sullivan said. “It is really important that public officials have humility.”

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