A former New Hampshire police officer and MMA fighter who was fired for repeatedly violating division coverage might be allowed to entry weapons whereas free on bail, a decide dominated.
Ronald “R.J.” Letendre, a 47-year-old former Dover cop who was fired in August can possess weapons whereas free on a felony cost of falsifying bodily proof for allegedly stealing medicine that had been seized by cops in 2016, Foster’s Day by day Democrat reported Monday.
Decide Mark Howard launched Letendre on his personal recognizance Monday, however issued a bail order stating the previous cop and fighter can have weapons and ammo if it’s a part of his work duties, the newspaper reported.
“The firearms prohibition … doesn’t apply to firearms possession throughout and in the middle of employment and solely as needed to meet the duties of his employment,” Howard wrote in his order.
The ruling got here after Letendre’s lawyer argued that he had a “constitutional proper” to own firearms, claiming that he shouldn’t be barred from accessing them “merely as a result of” he’s accused of a felony-level crime.
The county’s prosecutor, in the meantime, mentioned he couldn’t recall one other felony suspect in Strafford County Superior Court docket being allowed to have a gun or ammunition whereas out on bail.
Letendre – who can’t drink alcohol to extra or use managed medicine below the bail order – should additionally prepare to be taken into custody by Dover police no later than Dec. 30, based on Howard’s order.
An investigation into Letendre began earlier this 12 months when his 35-year-old estranged spouse, Sarah, accused him of breaking a number of of her ribs throughout an incident at their Rollinsford dwelling on July 10, the newspaper reported.
Sarah Letendre was initially charged with easy assault and different counts, however these allegations have since been dropped. Ronald Letendre has not been charged within the home violence investigation, based on the report.
Months after his termination, Letendre was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing medicine seized by Dover police at a house in September 2016.
Letendre, who fought as a featherweight, misplaced his solely skilled MMA combat in 2013, a preventing database reveals.