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Man in police informant killing case wants to withdraw plea

August 2, 2019

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man sentenced to at least 36 years in prison for his role in the killing of a confidential informant for Bethlehem police wants to withdraw his guilty plea and take his case to trial based on what he says was ineffective counsel.

Authorities say Damion Yeargle plotted with two others to kill 22-year-old Robert Pierog in May 2016 in Littleton. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year. But the Caledonian-Record reports he says he thought he was only pleading guilty to accomplice to murder.

Yeargle’s new lawyer, Caroline Brown adds that Yeargle wasn’t informed by his prior attorneys “certain individuals spoke to police providing exculpatory information or that phone records were produced,” that could’ve helped with his defense.

The prosecutor in Yeargle’s case hasn’t responded yet.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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