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Drive-by shooting from 2018 languishes in court

  • 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. James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/23/2021 9:32:42 PM
Modified: 8/23/2021 9:32:43 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — Nearly three years after a Lebanon man was accused of a drive-by shooting that injured a student visiting Dartmouth College, the case has still not gone to trial and much of the information and court documents remain private.

Gage Young, 25, has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Sept. 29 in Grafton Superior Court regarding the November 2018 shooting, according to a case summary.

Attorneys also plan to meet for another hearing in early September on a motion filed by Grafton County prosecutors to consolidate Young’s trial with that of his co-defendant, according to the summary.

The motion was sealed so further information on the request was not available this week.

Young and Hector Correa, who was 17 at the time, were accused of driving down School Street in Hanover, where Young allegedly fired a single shot that hit and injured Thomas Elliot, then a Providence College freshman who was visiting a friend at Dartmouth College at the time. Elliott has since recovered from his injuries.

Young pleaded not guilty in 2018 to charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless conduct and falsifying evidence.

Despite the upcoming hearings, little is known about the developments in the case over the last year and a half, largely due to the number of sealed documents and hearings that have been closed to the public.

Originally, Young was set to go to trial in January 2020 but just days after jury selection, prosecutors filed a sealed motion for a protective order, which was granted by the judge. Correa, who was originally scheduled to testify at the trial, was taken off prosecutors’ witness list.

Shortly after that, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, which was previously not involved in the case, filed a 114-page “ex-parte submission of investigative materials.” An ex-parte submission is a document that’s filed in a case and may not require a response from the other party.

Since the ex-parte submission,  nearly all of the motions and court documents filed in the case have been sealed, and Superior Court Judge Lawrence MacLeod has held multiple closed-door hearings. One of those hearings in August 2020 was to amend Young’s bail, a motion that MacLeod granted, allowing Young to be released from prison on bail while he awaits his trial. Young was allowed to live at the home of his father, David Young, a former Lebanon police officer.

Around that time, in August 2020, prosecutors filed a sealed motion to release “EES documents,” which was granted by a judge. In New Hampshire, EES commonly refers to “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule,” more commonly known as the “Laurie List.” It’s a list of police officers who have engaged in misconduct that reflects poorly on their credibility. The list has been maintained and overseen by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office since 2017.

Grafton County Attorney Marcie Hornick declined to comment on the reason for all of the sealed documents in an interview Monday.

The case took another turn in October when Hanover Police officer Matthew Ufford joined the case as an “intervenor,” according to a case summary. An intervenor refers to a third party that joins a case because it may directly affect them, according to Cornell Law School.

Ufford’s attorney, Marc Beaudoin said Ufford is not facing any criminal charges, but is involved in Young’s case in another way.

“It has nothing to do with the case in a criminal manner. It has to do with it in another matter,” Beaudoin said Monday, adding that he will not discuss Ufford’s involvement because that part of the proceedings are also under seal.

In March, Beaudoin filed an objection to the release of his client’s personnel files, which was also under seal.

Both Beaudoin and Hornick declined to speak further about the case, and Young’s attorney, Richard Guerriero, could not be reached for comment Monday. Young is scheduled to return to court for a hearing on the motions on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, according to the case summary.

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.




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