Nashua man agrees to suspended sentence, probation, counseling
NASHUA – As long as he abides by a series of conditions that include continuing counseling, attending an intervention program and surrendering all of his firearms, Nashua resident Patrick Flaven will be able to stay out of jail, according to a plea deal reached for his 2017 domestic violence case that involved firing a gun.
Flaven, 33, who lived at 53 Tenby Drive at the time of the Sept. 4, 2017 incident, pleaded guilty Monday to two of the 14 charges initially filed against him, with the remainder to be dropped as part of the agreement.
He entered guilty pleas to one count of reckless conduct, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and one count of simple assault – domestic violence also a misdemeanor.
Judge Charles Temple, who accepted the agreement, sentenced Flaven to two consecutive 12-month terms in jail, all suspended for three years, and placed him on probation for one year.
In addition to continuing to receive counseling, surrendering his firearms and completing an intervention program, Flaven also must have no contact with the victim of the assaults or the neighbor whose house was struck by a round Flaven allegedly fired from a handgun during the incident.
The terms of the agreement also order him to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, stay away from the house where the incident occurred, and forfeit the guns police seized while investigating the incident.
Finally, if Flaven wishes to apply to have the charges annulled, he must wait at least five years to do so, the agreement states.
The charges that were dropped as part of the deal include one count each of criminal threatening and domestic violence, felonies; and eight counts of simple assault – domestic violence and two counts of obstructing the report of a crime or injury, all misdemeanors.
They accused Flaven of assaulting the female victim, threatening her with a gun and stopping her from calling police for help.
Members of the Nashua police Special Investigations Division were called in to investigate the incident around 5 p.m., Sept. 4, 2017, shortly after Flaven was taken into custody.
He was initially held on $100,000 cash-only bail, which his public defender, Sarah Amorin, argued was “not appropriate,” given his lack of a criminal record and his ties to the community.
Amorin asked the judge to modify bail to $25,000 cash or surety, which Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine disputed due to “the very serious nature” of the charges.
“Mr. Flaven not only exposed (the alleged victim) to serious bodily injury, but his neighbors, too,” Devine said, referring to the gunshot that struck the neighbor’s house.
Bail was modified to $100,000 cash or surety.
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