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Convicted and sentenced to prison term

By Dean Shalhoup | Nov 7, 2019

NASHUA – Although a jury found him not guilty on 10 of the 11 assault-related charges on which he went to trial in August, the sole count on which David Vasquez-Larkin was convicted – felony domestic violence-related second-degree assault – brought a three and a half to seven-year State Prison term at his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Vasquez-Larkin, 34, went to trial facing two felony second-degree assault charges and nine Class A misdemeanor charges of simple assault – domestic violence.

But after roughly four hours of deliberations, jurors returned the single guilty verdict on the assault charge that accused Vasquez-Larkin of strangling a female family member.

The nine misdemeanor assault charges accused Vasquez-Larkin of punching the woman numerous times in the chest. All the charges stemmed from a physical altercation that took place in the garage of the Arlington Street home the two shared at the time.

According to the sentencing orders, Vasquez-Larkin was credited with eight days of time served in pre-trial confinement.

He is ordered to have no contact with the victim or her minor child, and must meaningfully participate in, and complete, any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by prison officials or a probation or parole officer.

Vasquez-Larkin must also remain on good behavior. The court also recommends he undergo mental health and batterer’s intervention programming, according to the order.

Meanwhile, central to the two-day trial was testimony by several people, including Vasquez-Larkin, the woman and several Nashua police officers, that revealed vast differences between each side’s account of the incident, which took place Dec. 23.

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

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