Negligent homicide conviction stands

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JUNE 20- The New Hampshire Supreme Court Thursday upheld the negligent homicide conviction of a man charged in an accident on Lake Winnipesaukee in 2002.

Daniel J. Littlefield, 41, of Meredith, N.H., was found guilty in 2003 in the death of John Hartman, 69, of Bedford, N.H. The court rejected Littlefield’s claim that the trial judge gave faulty instructions to the jury, according to news reports. Littlefield reportedly was sentenced to 2-1/2 to seven years in prison.

Littlefield allegedly ran a Baja 36 Outlaw over a 20-foot Wellcraft on the evening of Aug. 11, 2002, killing Hartman, who was on board the Wellcraft. Littlefield’s lawyers argued that Hartman was at fault for having turned off his running lights so he and others in the boat could see the stars, a news report says. An expert who testified at the trial said the lights likely were on.

The jury determined Littlefield was guilty of failing to keep a proper lookout, but found him not guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol.

Littlefield has 10 days to file a motion asking the high court to reconsider its ruling, though the court rarely grants such requests, according to assistant attorney general Susan McGinnis.

Jason Fell