Claremont man sentenced in plea deal on stalking, assault and domestic violence charges

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/27/2021 1:43:47 AM
Modified: 11/27/2021 1:43:55 AM

NEWPORT — A 26-year-old Claremont man is serving a jail sentence that includes a rehabilitation program at the Sullivan County jail after pleading guilty to stalking, simple assault and domestic violence of a woman he knew.

As part of the plea deal last month, prosecutors dropped 17 other charges, including all allegations of felony sexual assault, in the case against Sage Sundell, according to court documents.

Sundell was sentenced to up to 12 months in jail on the stalking charge and also enrolled in the jail’s 90-day Transitional Reentry and Inmate Life Skills program, which addresses such issues as alcohol misuse and decision-making.

New Hampshire Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker in October sentenced Sundell to 12 months for the simple assault conviction, but Sundell also got credit for 360 days time served.

The domestic violence conviction carried a 12-month sentence but was suspended, and Sundell will be on probation for two years upon his release.

Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said the seven counts of aggravated sexual assault, which dated back to November 2019, were dropped “as part of a negotiated disposition.”

He said it was “also a reflection of the complicated social dynamic, human dynamic and conflicting evidence in the case.”

Sundell’s attorney, Anthony DiPadova, declined to comment.

Sundell, a 2013 Newport High School graduate who was working for a beverage distributor, also faces six felony counts in a separate case after a woman said he sexually assaulted her several times in 2014 and 2015 while she was sleeping and had not given her consent.

He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

John Gregg can be reached at jgregg@vnews.com.




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