Franklin man convicted in Salisbury car fire, Belmont home invasion

  • Walter Hosmer

Monitor staff
Published: 1/10/2019 4:38:36 PM

A Franklin man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison on an arson charge relating to a truck fire and home invasion in January last year.

Walter Hosmer, 30, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court to felony charges of conspiracy to commit arson and falsifying physical evidence, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The pickup truck was set on fire in Salisbury, near the intersection of Little Hill and Warner roads, on Jan. 22 last year. The truck, a Chevy Avalanche, was owned by Henry Dionne, a 69-year-old Belmont man whose home was broken into the night before, according to investigator Anthony Booth of the fire marshal’s office.

Last week, Hosmer pleaded guilty in Belknap County Superior Court to having played a role in the break-in and robbery of Dionne’s home, according to the Laconia Daily Sun.

Hosmer was sentenced to at least a year and a half in prison for his role in the robbery, which included kicking and punching Dionne, according to court records reported by the Sun. Dionne was left with broken teeth, internal bleeding and a broken shoulder.

On the arson charge, Hosmer was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison and two to four years on the charge of conspiracy to commit falsifying physical evidence.

Kaitlyn Rollins, 25, of Loudon was also sentenced in the home invasion in Belknap Court last week, according to the Laconia newspaper. Rollins received a two- to four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. The Sun reported that Rollins and a co-conspirator unloaded the truck of stolen items from Dionne’s home.

Booth said Hosmer is the first to be convicted in the car fire while three others face charges.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321, or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

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