Vt. man convicted in fatal N.H. blast seeks release
A Vermont man convicted of manslaughter after his Colebrook gunpowder plant exploded is seeking to get out of prison while he appeals his conviction and awaits a second trial in Maine.
Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vt., was sentenced in November to 10 to 20 years in prison for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.
The Caledonian Record reported that his lawyer recently filed a request to allow Sanborn’s release while the state Supreme Court considers his appeal. The defense argues that Sanborn’s bail should not have been revoked purely on the nature of the crime and the sentence imposed.
Sanborn is set to go to trial in April in Maine, where he is charged with wire fraud. A conviction on that charge could bring an additional 20 years in prison.
In October, a jury convicted Sanborn on two counts of negligent homicide and manslaughter in connection to the explosion that killed Jesse Kennett, 49, of Stratford and Donald Kendall, 56, of Colebrook. Prosecutors successfully argued that Sanborn was more concerned with rushing to fill a big contract than he was about the safety of his workers.
At trial, his lawyer countered that the explosion could have been accidental or due to negligence on the part of an employee. He tried to convince the jury that Sanborn couldn’t be held responsible because he was out of the state at the time of the blast.