DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

April 24, 2014

Man sentenced for standoff

By Doug Ireland
direland@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — A Londonderry man received a six-month jail sentence for holding police at bay for nearly five hours earlier this month.

But William Silva, 44, of 3 Ash St. will only serve 75 days of that sentence, with the rest suspended for two years for good behavior as part of a plea agreement, Londonderry police prosecutor Kevin Coyle said.

Silva, who originally went to 10th Circuit Court in Derry for a probable cause hearing, decided he wanted to plead guilty, Coyle said. He was sentenced April 14 by Judge Lucinda Sadler.

Silva was armed with a Leatherman knife and a hatchet when the standoff with police began at approximately 11 p.m. on April 3.

Police were called to the Ash Street residence after receiving a report about an unwanted person.

Homeowner James Innie said he wanted Silva, his daughter’s boyfriend, removed from the house. Innie told police Silva had threatened to “stomp” and kick him. He also said Silva threatened two other people in the home.

Silva barricaded himself in a bedroom and refused to come out after police arrived. He told police he had been in a fight with four people earlier that night in Manchester, according to a court affidavit.

Silva said he would not leave and told police if they came in, he “wouldn’t go without a fight” and threatened to harm himself, the affidavit said.

He was apprehended at about 4 a.m. after the Southern New Hampshire Special Operation Unit broke into the bedroom and shot him with a Taser gun.

Silva was held on $10,000 cash bail and charged with three counts of criminal threatening, resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon, the hatchet.

Coyle told Sadler during Silva’s arraignment April 4 that the man had a 19-page criminal record, with convictions dating back to 1988. Silva told the judge he needed the knife and hatchet because he installs drywall for a living.