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JAN SEEGER/Staff photo. Kristin Ruggiero listens as witnesses are called to give the facts in her case at Rockingham County Courthouse Monday. Ruggiero sentencing is planned for Thursday. No Published Caption JAN SEEGER/Staff photo. Kristin Ruggiero listens as witnesses are called to give the facts in her case at Rockingham County Courthouse Monday. Ruggiero sentencing is planned for Thursday. No Published Caption

BRENTWOOD — Kristin Ruggiero is facing 21 new charges, including perjury and witness tampering, stemming from her trial in Rockingham Superior Court last year.

The East Kingston resident was convicted in May of 12 felony counts of falsifying physical evidence and one count of giving a false report after she framed her ex-husband, Jeffrey Ruggiero, for sending her threatening text messages.

Now she faces another 21 counts in Rockingham Superior Court, including 17 felonies, for allegedly lying under oath and falsifying evidence during her trial and legal proceedings.

Ruggiero, already serving seven and a half to 12 years in prison, now faces four counts of witness tampering, three counts of falsifying physical evidence, four counts of solicitation to commit perjury, and six counts of perjury, all felonies.

She also faces four misdemeanor charges of giving an unsworn falsification.

Ruggiero was called a "pathological liar" by Judge Kenneth McHugh after she was found guilty.

She was taken to Rockingham Superior Court from the state women's prison in Goffstown yesterday, though her scheduled arraignment was done in McHugh's chambers. He is slated to issue a bail order on the charges.

Among the allegations in the indictments, Ruggiero is accused of influencing the testimony of Sharon Cohen and asking her to commit perjury by lying under oath. Ruggiero also allegedly altered a Lawrence District Court docket that she gave to her then-attorney, Charles Keefe.

Ruggiero, now being represented by Mark Sisti, has asked to be released on bail from her prison sentence, a request denied by a judge on Dec. 27.

If she is given bail for the new charges, she still would not be able to leave prison unless bail also was granted in her previous case.

Ruggiero is not the only person charged with lying during the investigation into her crimes and her trial. Ruggiero's mother, Elizabeth McDonald, faces charges of falsifying physical evidence, criminal liability for another falsifying physical evidence, and making an unsworn falsification.

McDonald altered a letter from Cohen, according to an indictment released yesterday. She allegedly removed a part of the letter that referred to Kristin Ruggiero as being a cancer survivor.

Daniel Ruggiero faces charges of false swearing and perjury for allegedly testifying that Jeffrey Ruggiero had called him a couple of days before his testimony in the Ruggiero case.

Brendan Bisbee also faces charges in the case.

He was indicted on charges of perjury and making an unsworn falsification.

Bisbee allegedly lied when he told a grand jury that Kristin Ruggiero had not used his cell phone, that police did not search his home, and that he could not remember picking up Ruggiero at an Oakland airport.

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