Cop killer gets first N.H. death sentence in half a century

Today, a jury handed Michael Addison, convicted of shooting Manchester police officer Michael Briggs two years ago, a verdict of death.
New Hampshire has not executed anyone since 1939 and has not rendered a death sentence since 1959. The jury’s decision was unanimous.
Gov. John Lynch called the sentence “just” and said he would veto any attempt to change the law as a means of sparing Addison’s life.
Briggs was enormously popular. Manchester police officers’ reaction to the verdict can be seen in the video below.

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  1. #1 by Anon on December 18, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    If I am not mistaken, Addison will now be able to choose between lethal injection… and … hanging. Yup, it’s still on the books in the Granite State, last time I checked.

  2. #2 by Kevin Beck on December 18, 2008 - 7:47 pm

    You are correct:
    Authorizes hanging only if lethal injection cannot be given..
    It’ll be years–maybe decades–before they actually execute this guy.

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