Hanover shooting suspect will stay in jail

  • Gage Young, of Lebanon, appeared with Public Defender Jamie Brooks, right, in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., to plead not guilty to charges including second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and falsifying physical evidence Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Gage is accused of shooting of an 18-year-old Providence College student in Hanover, N.H., Friday night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/12/2019 10:02:17 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A Superior Court judge has denied a 23-year-old Lebanon man’s request to be released from jail while awaiting trial on allegations that he randomly shot a man who was walking near the Dartmouth College campus last fall.

Gage Young asked Grafton County Superior Court Judge Lawrence MacLeod last month to be released pending trial, but MacLeod, in an order dated Aug. 2, ruled nothing has changed in the case that would warrant him to alter Young’s bail, even though Young claims that new facts have surfaced.

“In short, the court finds that the state has again carried its burden of proof that the defendant presents a credible danger to the public such that he should continue to be held in the state’s custody pending resolution of his charges…,” MacLeod wrote in the order.

Meanwhile, MacLeod’s order makes clear that the juvenile Young was with on the night of the shooting is still facing charges in connection with the incident.

Hector Correa, who turned 18 last week, intends to plead guilty to two felonies in Superior Court “as opposed to a resolution of his case in juvenile court,” the order indicates.

It remains unclear as to the specific crimes to which Correa intends to plead guilty. He initially faced two misdemeanors — disobeying an officer and driving without a valid license — but they were dismissed. He has since engaged in a proffer session with the state.

A message left for Grafton County Attorney Marcie Hornick wasn’t returned on Monday.

Young faces several charges, including first- and second-degree assault, being an accomplice to those crimes and falsifying physical evidence.

He has pleaded not guilty, and he maintains that he didn’t fire the shot on Nov. 2 that wounded Massachusetts resident Thomas Elliott, who was visiting a friend at Dartmouth College.

Young contends Correa was responsible, and that evidence of new charges against Correa in Connecticut, among other things, paint a picture that Correa was the more likely of the two to pull the trigger, Young’s attorney Richard Guerriero said at the hearing on July 25.

On Monday, Guerriero said he is now focusing his attention on trial, dates for which haven’t been set.

“We maintain our position that Gage did not fire the shot in this case and that he should be released,” Guerriero said. “At this point, we are proceeding to trial.”

In weighing his decision to again deny Young bail, MacLeod said the state provided “additional credible evidence” at the July hearing, including that Young returned home to change his clothes after the shooting and that he “admitted” to another inmate at the Grafton County jail that he fired the shot.

Young has no prior criminal record, and that didn’t go unnoticed, nor did the conflicting or “self-serving” statements Correa has told police and the track his case has taken, MacLeod said.

Even if Young wasn’t the shooter, the evidence in the case would still support his detention pending trial, MacLeod wrote.

Young has remained held on preventive detention since his November arrest.

Young and Correa both allegedly fired the gun on other occasions on the night in question and led police on a chase that ended in a crash on Oak Ridge Road, according to a police affidavit.

Young had asked to be released into his parent’s custody and on electronic monitoring. But MacLeod said in the order he was “not convinced” that those two measures alone would ensure public safety. In addition, Young isn’t eligible for pretrial supervision services, which include electronic monitoring, because of the way his bail is structured, MacLeod wrote.

Correa remained jailed in Connecticut as of late July following an arrest on charges that allege he was the driver in a drive-by shooting in Bridgeport, Conn., Guerriero and Assistant Grafton County Attorney Mariana Pastore, who is prosecuting Young’s case, said previously.

Young faces a felony charge in another county in New Hampshire; A Cheshire County grand jury indicted him in April on a count of armed robbery.

Young has a settlement conference scheduled for Sept. 12 and a final pretrial hearing scheduled for Sept. 25, both in the North Haverhill courthouse.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.

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