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July 10, 2013

Holdup plea nearly goes up in smoke


Under the plea agreement, Burtsell received a four-year prison sentence, to be followed by two years of probation, with conditions that include no use of drugs.

But Anne Poulos, who represents Burtsell, told the judge that with the recent legalization of medical marijuana in New Hampshire, her client wanted marijuana to be excluded from the “no drugs” requirement. Poulos did not cite any medical condition that might qualify Burtsell to receive the drug.

The judge told Burtsell that after he gets out of prison, if he believes he can convince a judge that he has no option but to use medical marijuana, he’s welcome to try his request again then.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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