Man Who Pulled Knife on Claremont Officer Reaches Plea Deal

Claremont — A man who brandished a knife and verbally threatened a police officer inside Walmart last November reached a plea agreement yesterday, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said.

Hathaway said Tad Nye, 27, who was on parole at the time of the incident, will begin serving two to five years in New Hampshire State Prison in November when his current sentence for an earlier conviction ends. The plea agreement was negotiated while a jury was deliberating Nye’s fate during a trial in Sullivan County Superior Court.

Hathaway said Nye pleaded guilty to criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, which is a felony. Nye was accused of pulling the knife on Claremont police officer Eric Fosterling inside the Washington Street store Nov. 11 last year. Hathaway said Nye told the officer he was not going to be arrested. No one was injured and Nye never tried to stab the officer, Hathaway said, but his verbal and physical threats were sufficient to charge him with a felony. At one point in the confrontation, Nye ran but the officer tackled him and took him into custody.

Hathaway said Nye’s previous conviction was in a different county but he was living in Claremont at the time of his most recent crimes.

As part of the agreement, Hathaway said Nye also pleaded guilty to theft, third offense, at Walmart on Sept. 11, 2012, and was given a suspended three and a half to 7 year sentence which can be brought forward if he “gets into any trouble.” Hathaway said Nye tried to steal a trampoline.