Call sentenced to prison after pleading guilty
David Call, 19, of Windsor, will serve a minimum sentence of three years in New Hampshire State Prison stemming from the April armed robbery at 12 Percent Solution convenience store on Town House Road, according to Judge William Groff.
As part of his plea deal, Call is ordered to make restitution in the amount of $500 to store owner Michael Hamel, as well as $1,915.98 to Woodside Claim Services Inc., and a 17 percent administrative fee. Additionally, the court documents indicate he must participate and complete any counseling, treatment and educational programs at the will of the corrections department.
A second felony charge of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, which Call also plead guilty to, will be served in conjunction with his armed robbery charge.
Call is serving his time with the understanding of good behavior, documents stated. If Call misbehaves, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Call could serve a minimum of six-and-one-half-years to a maximum of 17 years, which combines the minimum and maximum sentences of both felony charges.
Hathaway expressed gratitude toward all enforcement agencies who assisted with the case.
“I give credit to law enforcement officers on both sides of the river, the Cornish Police Department, the Plainfield Police Department, Windsor, New Hampshire State Police, everybody worked very hard together and achieved what we think is a successful result,” Hathaway said.
Call entered the Cornish store shortly before 6:30 p.m. on April 26 holding a shotgun, fired it and demanded money from the clerk. After receiving the contents of the register, he fired another shot into the ceiling before fleeing the scene.
Six months prior to Call robbing 12 Percent Solution, Hamel said another individual was caught in a robbery.
“Everybody that has done anything has always been caught,” he said, adding that he was pleased with yesterday’s sentencing.
During Call’s court appearance, he expressed forgiveness to Hamel for the robbery and vowed full reimbursement.
“I am sorry to Mr. Hamel for what happened because no one deserves that to happen to them. I plan on paying back every dollar. I know that what I did is wrong and that is why I am here,” Call said. “I am sorry to all the people I hurt in the process ... I am sorry to the people who were victims, I am sorry to my family.”
Calls father, Philip Call — who is a Windsor County Deputy Sheriff — tried to speak on behalf of his son, but was unable to say more than a few words.
However, the tearful father was able to say he was proud of his son for standing up for the right thing.
Whispers of “I love you” were heard across the room between Call and his family members, some of the last words uttered before he exited the court room in shackles.
In light of the robberies, Hamel said he has taken every step possible to prevent future robberies and break-ins.
“We have everything in the store — the doors, windows are all armed — we have panic buttons, we have motion detectors, we have cameras. I don’t think there is anything else you can do,” Hamel said, adding that he has no indication as to why his store is such a hot spot for crime.
Hamel said the bullet holes — from Call’s two shots fired — still remain unfixed.
“We plan on repairing them yes, we just haven’t got to it yet,” Hamel said, adding that his insurance is going to pay for the repairs.
Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at (603) 504- 3159 or via email at jcuddemi@ eagletimes.com.