Loudon man charged in shooting of occupied home
A bullet hole remains in the door of the Pellerin's home; Monday, March 18, 2013. On January 21, 2013, Mike Pellerin II was outside getting his cat when he noticed bullet holes in the side of his family's trailer. On Friday, March 15, 2013, the Concord Police, with assistance from the Loudon Police, arrested Steven Maxfield in connection to the shooting.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
One of the five bullets a Loudon man shot into the side of a Concord mobile home in January traveled across a bedroom before it became lodged in a book, the police said.
Residents inside the home didn’t notice the gunfire at the time and thought the popping noises were firecrackers being set off nearby, according to the police. But when one of the residents found bullet holes in the side of the Longmeadow Drive home Jan. 21, about a week later, he called the police.
The following investigation resulted in the Friday arrest of 18-year-old Steven Maxfield, who was charged with a Class B felony of reckless conduct. The police said Maxfield was acting on behalf of a friend and didn’t know the 18-year-old man who was the target of his gunfire.
“An associate of his had a problem with someone there,” Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said. “And this was maybe something he was going to do. But for reasons, at this point we’re still not 100 percent sure, he either chickened out or decided not to do it. And Mr. Maxfield, it’s alleged, took matters into his own hands and did this.”
Maxfield was arraigned yesterday at Concord’s district court, where bail was set at $2,500 cash, a figure O’Malley said surprised him because a bail commissioner originally set it at $50,000 cash. O’Malley said the lower amount could have been granted after other factors came to light at Maxfield’s arraignment, but he repeated that the police were concerned by the incident.
“What he did was extremely dangerous and could have had much more serious consequences for the people inside that house,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley declined to comment further on what motivated the shooting, and an affidavit is sealed from public view at the court. A motion to seal that document says information in it could compromise the ongoing investigation and the “safety of certain individuals.”
Michael Pellerin Jr., a resident at the home in the River’s Edge Estates mobile home park, said yesterday that he didn’t recognize Maxfield’s name and thought the crime may have been committed by someone else. He said that he was the one who found the bullet holes and saw them when he was outside getting his cat.
Maxfield has been ordered by the court to have no contact with Michael Pellerin Jr. or Gary Pellerin.
At the arraignment, prosecutor Steven Endres asked for $10,000 cash bail but Judge Gerard Boyle set it at the lower figure after Kyle Robidan of the pubic defender’s office asked for personal recognizance bail. Robidan told the judge Maxfield lives with his parents and has a history of mental health issues.
Maxfield’s father, Ronald Maxfield, confirmed that yesterday, saying his son has had behavioral issues since he was young and that he believes this latest incident may in some way be connected to his disorder. The father said that he also believes his son was acting on someone else’s grudge, not his own.
“He did it – dumb kids – he did it on a dare. I guess not really a dare,” he said. “(Other people) were going to do it. Being the big shot he is he said, ‘You do the driving. I’ll do the shooting.’ ”
And while the father had asked Boyle to set a low bail that his family could afford, after the arraignment, he said he hopes his son learns something from being incarcerated.
“He’s 18 years old. He’s up in the big house now,” he said. “If he gets scared maybe he’ll get scared out of it. . . . I certainly have compassion for him.”
Maxfield was arraigned yesterday by video and didn’t make any comments to the judge before his bail was decided. His criminal history is brief and includes a July 2012 arrest for four misdemeanors of criminal mischief. The police said he damaged property owned by his father by breaking two doors, smashing a window and hitting a wall with a frying pan.
According to court records, he pleaded guilty to two of the charges, while two were suspended by prosecutors pending a year of good behavior. Maxfield was fined for the crimes he pleaded guilty to, but those fines were also suspended pending a year of good behavior.
While awaiting trial on those charges, Maxfield broke several bail conditions by missing 10 scheduled calls and one office visit with a pretrial services employee, skipping an ordered anger-management class and not being home by his 7 p.m. curfew twice, according to court documents.
A probable cause hearing on the new charge, where a judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to continue to Merrimack County Superior Court, is scheduled for April 16.
When officers arrested Maxfield, they also executed a search warrant at another Loudon residence. O’Malley declined to say why but added that the investigation remains open and more charges are possible.