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Just-sentenced convict headbutted by prisoner in N.H. courtroom

  • gavel Elizabeth Frantz


Associated Press
Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Hampshire authorities say minutes after a man was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl, he was attacked in the courtroom by another prisoner.

WMUR reported that Christopher Elwell was sentenced in Dover on Thursday to 7½ years to 15 years in prison and has to register as a sex offender. As he sat down after his sentencing, Josiah Davies headbutted him multiple times. The station caught what happened on video; Elwell did not appear to be injured.

Authorities said Davies was shackled and was awaiting arraignment and a hearing on a probation violation.

The Strafford County Attorney’s Office said the two didn’t know each other and that it must have been something about Elwell’s case that set Davies off.

The county sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.