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Judge rules Nashua man violated deferred sentence, sends him to jail

NASHUA – A Nashua man arrested after an alleged rape in Mine Falls Park last fall is going back to jail following a hearing Monday about whether he
violated the terms of his sentence.

Ryan Howe, 47, pleaded guilty on May 8 to one count each of domestic violence: second-degree assault, domestic violence: criminal restraint and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. He was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison, all of which was deferred, according to court records. ...

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NASHUA – A Nashua man arrested after an alleged rape in Mine Falls Park last fall is going back to jail following a hearing Monday about whether he
violated the terms of his sentence.

Ryan Howe, 47, pleaded guilty on May 8 to one count each of domestic violence: second-degree assault, domestic violence: criminal restraint and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. He was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison, all of which was deferred, according to court records.

One of the conditions of his sentence was that he have no contact with the victim in the case. But the next day, May 9, police responding to a 911
hangup call found Howe and the woman together outside a store in the Nashua Mall on Broad Street. The woman, who was intoxicated, first denied calling 911, then told police she had gotten scared when she spotted Howe in the area, then said they had spent the day together, arriving from Manchester by bus, according to an officer’s testimony on Monday.

Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Michele Battaglia asked a judge to impose the full two-to-four-year sentence. But Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn only imposed a year following Monday’s hearing. Including the 206 days Howe spent in jail before signing the plea agreement and the 39 days he has spent in jail following a hearing after the May 9 incident, Howe will end up spending about three more months in jail.

Colburn said she didn’t impose more of the sentence or send him to prison because she wanted some of the sentence hanging over his head when he is released.

“This is incredibly frustrating,” she said Monday, telling Howe he “thumbed your nose” at the court order. “You just completely ignored the court’s order. Let’s not forget you pled guilty to some really serious charges. It’s a hefty price to pay, but you’ve earned it.”

Howe was originally charged with a brutal assault in Mine Falls Park in early October. A woman told police Howe knocked her down multiple times, held her down and choked her, and sexually assaulted her multiple times while she alternately tried to fight him and run away and tried to reason with him, a detective testified at Howe’s probable cause hearing in October.

A witness said he had seen a man and woman enter the park that morning with a mattress.

He and a neighbor had gone into the woods to ask the people to leave when they heard a woman scream, “I’ve been raped for hours,” according to court records.

Battaglia dropped four aggravated felonious sexual assault charges as part of the deal, according to court documents.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).