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Christopher Bazar appears with his public defender Ed Cross via video in the 9th Circuit Court in Nashua for his arraignment Monday, December 5, 2011.
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New Mexico man to plead guilty to manslaughter, serve four years, for Hudson shooting

NASHUA – A New Mexico man who shot his best friend in Hudson in December will plead guilty to manslaughter and serve at least four years in prison, according to court documents.

Christopher Bazar, 27, is scheduled to plead guilty June 4 in the shooting death of Donald St. Laurent at 72 Windham Road in Hudson, a home St. Laurent rented with his mother.

The plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court South on Spring Street.

Under the plea deal, Bazar will be sentenced to four to eight years in state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to manslaughter, according to court documents.

Bazar and St. Laurent have been described as best friends who met in New Mexico, where Bazar is from. Weeks before the shooting, Bazar came to Hudson from Santa Fe to visit St. Laurent.

The state attorney general’s office stated in the arrest complaint that Bazar “recklessly caused the death of another by shooting him.”

But Bazar’s attorney said his client never intended to kill his friend. Public defender Ed Cross said Bazar is devastated at St. Laurent’s death.

The attorney general sealed details of the case. However, details will be made public at the plea and sentencing hearing in June. The case has been transferred from the attorney general to the Hillsborough County attorney’s office.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy for everybody. Its ripples has 40 people suffering right now,” the victim’s father, Donald St. Laurent, of Grafton, Mass., said in December.

Cross agrees.

“‘Closure’ is often overused,” Cross said. “But in this case, it’s in the best interests of the families involved to get this case behind them,” he said.

“Mr. Bazar, from day one, expressed shock and remorse over what happened,” Cross said.

Bazar and St. Laurent met working in a restaurant in Santa Fe, where St. Laurent, a Massachusetts native, moved in search of adventure.

It was that sense of seeking out something new that brought Christopher Bazar to New Hampshire, his sister, who also lives in New Mexico, told a reporter in December.

Bazar lived with his sister for six months before he moved to New Hampshire, Samantha Bazar said. They have two younger brothers.

Bazar’s mother is deceased, and he has had little contact with his father, Cross said.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or