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Nashua man nabbed on warrants must get treatment to stay out of jail

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Sep 6, 2019

NASHUA – Agreeing, at least to some degree, with Aaron Sisto’s attorney that the 22-year-old Nashua man has been taking seriously his mental health and drug treatment, Judge Jacalyn Colburn granted Sisto’s request for personal recognizance bail at a Superior Court hearing this week.

“I will give you the benefit of the doubt. You get one chance,” Colburn told Sisto, who had been jailed since he was picked up several days ago by police on an arrest warrant issued when he allegedly failed to appear for a court date.

Sisto’s attorney, Eleftheria Keans, told Colburn that Sisto now has a stable address in southwest Nashua, and was in treatment for about two weeks. He had also checked in to a local hospital’s emergency department when he was experiencing what Keans referred to as a mental health crisis.

According to the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, Sisto’s alleged criminal activity, which he said ranges from assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery to criminal trespass, resisting arrest or detention, disorderly conduct and probation violations, justifies setting bail at $10,000 cash or surety.

Harpster told the court the sentences Sisto received for the series of alleged crimes were almost always suspended in full.

He also has an arrest warrant pending from Quincy, Massachusetts, and had been convicted in Quincy of the assault with a dangerous weapon offense, which Harpster said involved a household member, and given a nine-month jail sentence.

The Quincy warrant stems from Sisto’s alleged failure to report to probation as ordered, Harpster said.

Colburn, nevertheless, opted to release Sisto on personal recognizance, with several conditions.

“You need to report to probation in Quincy within 48 hours, and also clear the warrant in the Quincy court,” Colburn told him.

She scheduled another hearing for Sept. 18, telling Sisto she wants to hear a progress report.

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


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