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Former Hollis man headed to prison for beating Mason police chief

NASHUA – The former Hollis man who severely beat Mason’s police chief in January will spend more than a year in prison.

Russell Monbleau III, 39, now of Fitchburg, Mass., pleaded guilty to second-
degree assault, simple assault and reckless conduct charges at a hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court on Friday. He was charged with hitting Police Chief Barry Hutchins with a chair and his fists when Hutchins tried to arrest him for possession of crack cocaine, according to court documents. ...

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NASHUA – The former Hollis man who severely beat Mason’s police chief in January will spend more than a year in prison.

Russell Monbleau III, 39, now of Fitchburg, Mass., pleaded guilty to second-
degree assault, simple assault and reckless conduct charges at a hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court on Friday. He was charged with hitting Police Chief Barry Hutchins with a chair and his fists when Hutchins tried to arrest him for possession of crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Monbleau also admitted to throwing a chair at Hutchins, hitting him in the chest and yanking Hutchins’ coat over his head, according to court records. Hutchins’ pancreas was injured in the attack.

Monbleau was sentenced to 11⁄2 to five years in prison for the second-degree and two simple assault charges. He received a 31⁄2- to seven-year suspended sentence on a reckless conduct charge and prosecutors dropped a resisting arrest charge, according to court records.

Monbleau was arrested in Massachusetts four days after the Jan. 24 confrontation. The fight happened after a traffic stop, and Monbleau fled into some nearby woods. Police searched the area but were unable to find him. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, of Peterborough, reported that Monbleau struck Hutchins multiple times, fought with him on the ground and threw a metal chair at him.

Police from the Brookline, New Ipswich and the Temple-Greenville departments, along with K-9 units from Milford and state police, responded to assist Hutchins and Mason officers in the manhunt for Monbleau.

Police didn’t give details on the extent of Hutchins’ injuries, whether he needed medical attention or was transported to a hospital.

Monbleau has a history of drug-related arrests. In May 2009, he was arrested in Milford for facilitating an underage drinking party, along with assault and resisting arrest. Then-Police Chief Fred Douglas told news outlets that police found numerous teenagers, some hiding and some fleeing, at 2A Marshall St., which was listed as Monbleau’s address at the time.

Three months later, Monbleau was indicted on two felony counts of possession of controlled drugs but failed to appear in court.

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