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Bail hearing set for Hudson man charged in knife threat

By DEAN SHALHOUP

Staff Writer

NASHUA – Hudson resident Sean Henderson's mother addressed a Nashua district court judge through tears this week, asking him to reduce bail for her son, who struggles with mental illness, with the promise that she would take responsibility for him as his criminal threatening and drunk driving case proceeds.

"I have a safe home ... if he can come home with me, he will not be a threat" to others, she told Judge Paul Moore. "I will provide a good home for him." ...

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NASHUA – Hudson resident Sean Henderson's mother addressed a Nashua district court judge through tears this week, asking him to reduce bail for her son, who struggles with mental illness, with the promise that she would take responsibility for him as his criminal threatening and drunk driving case proceeds.

"I have a safe home ... if he can come home with me, he will not be a threat" to others, she told Judge Paul Moore. "I will provide a good home for him."

She spoke as Henderson, 27, stood in front of a camera at Valley Street jail in Manchester for Monday's video arraignment, at which he faced charges that accuse him of threatening a man with a knife then allegedly trying to elude police while driving under the influence.

He was arraigned on two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, along with one count of disobeying an officer and two counts of criminal threatening, one of which is a felony and the other a misdemeanor.

Police said officers were on the lookout for Henderson Friday night after witnesses reported that a man, later identified as Henderson, pulled a knife on someone at the 102 Plaza and indicted that he had a gun in the trunk of his vehicle, then sped off in a Honda Civic.

After Henderson stopped his car on Sullivan Road, police conducted a "high risk" stop, given their knowledge he had a knife and indicated he had a gun. He was taken into custody without further incident and held pending the arraignment.

On Monday, Moore, the judge, told Henderson's mother that he is willing to "work with him" regarding bail. But, he added, "your son has an extensive record ... (involving) issues they consider serious," Moore said, referring to police and the prosecutor.

Leaving open the possibility that he is "willing to reconsider" Henderson's bail, Moore scheduled a bail hearing for Dec. 7, but in the meantime continued his $50,000 cash bail.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS.