Concord man convicted of assault involving gunfire sentenced in multiple cases

  • Anthony Roesel of Concord —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Concord man convicted of shoving a stranger into a granite post during a fight involving gunfire in downtown Penacook last fall has several suspended jail sentences hanging over his head for the next two years.

Prosecutors could motion the court to impose that time if Anthony Roesel, 26, is arrested on any other crimes. Roesel pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of simple assault for grabbing and pushing Jesse DeFlorio into the “One Riverside Place” sign in the area of Canal Street on Sept. 16. DeFlorio, who suffered a concussion, responded by displaying and firing a gun in self-defense, according to a police affidavit. 

Concord police arrested Roesel in November after a roughly two-month-long investigation into the incident, which triggered a local, county and state law enforcement response.

A 911 caller told police shots had been fired, that a man was injured and that the suspect had fled the scene. Police quickly determined that the altercation had involved Roesel, DeFlorio and DeFlorio’s girlfriend. The couple said they’d never met Roesel until that night. 

DeFlorio and his girlfriend were crossing Canal Street when Roesel, who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling south, yelled out “get the (expletive) out of the way,” according to the affidavit. Witness accounts differ about what prompted the altercation, but Roesel ultimately got out of the vehicle and confronted the couple. He told police DeFlorio’s girlfriend whipped him in the face with a sandal, prompting him to push DeFlorio into the granite post.

DeFlorio said the details of what happened after that are hazy as he was dazed from hitting his head. When asked by police whether he fired a gun, he responded, “I made a loud action,” and that it was directed at the ground. He said he didn’t have a phone to call for help; he was trying to protect himself and his girlfriend from Roesel, the affidavit says.

Police reviewed video surveillance footage from a business but said the camera didn’t capture the initial confrontation.

Roesel was sentenced in January to 12 months in jail with all but 30 days suspended for two years for the assault.

The sentence was one of several handed down as part of an agreement that resolved five cases against Roesel, spanning from 2016 to 2018. In the other cases, which included crimes of assault, domestic violence and driving impaired, he received sentences varying from no jail time to 30 days.

As part of the agreement, prosecutors did not impose suspended time from two 2016 cases previously resolved. They also agreed not to bring forward new witness tampering charges stemming from phone calls Roesel made from the jail pretrial.

Roesel has an extensive criminal history that includes multiple convictions for domestic violence.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)