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PETERBOROUGH / Antrim

Four suspects plead not guilty  in home invasion

Four men arrested following a Christmas Eve home invasion in Peterborough pleaded not guilty at arraignment hearings in N.H. Superior Court last week.

Samuel Ruoff, 21, of Antrim, brothers Austin Cadorette, 18, and Dylan Cadorette, 17, both of Greenfield, and Isaac Lyons, 17, of Antrim are facing a variety of charges related to an early morning break-in at a Lounsbury Lane home where a 17-year-old boy was hit in the head with a shotgun.

“The case has barely begun,” Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Kenneth Perkes, who is prosecuting the cases, told the Ledger-Transcript. “They have entered not guilty pleas and trial dates have not been set.”

Both Cadorettes and Lyons were indicted on Feb. 14 on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, first-degree assault and two counts of burglary. According to the arrest affidavit filed by Peterborough police in early January, the three men smashed a basement window at a Lounsbury Lane home at about 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2012. They allegedly reached in to unlock a deadbolt to gain entry into the house and threatened a 17-year-old boy, the homeowners’ son, who was sleeping in the basement. One of the intruders allegedly had a shotgun and hit the boy with the barrel of the gun. The affidavit does not indicate which of the three was holding the shotgun.

After the boy identified the intruders, police arrested Lyons and the Cadorette brothers about two hours after the break-in.

Ruoff was also indicted on Feb. 14 on charges of robbery, first degree assault, conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of burglary. The indictment was sealed because he was not in custody, but the information was made public after Ruoff was arrested on March 7 at his home on Elm Avenue in Antrim.

Although the indictments don’t allege that Ruoff entered the Lounsbury Lane house, he is charged with “acting in concert with” the Cadorettes and Lyons in planning the home invasion. The burglary indictments state that Ruoff acted as a driver when the other three broke into the house.

According to a Hillsborough County Superior Court official, Ruoff is being held in Valley Street Jail in Manchester on $10,000 cash bail.

Lyons was released on $5,000 cash bail on Jan. 3. Austin Cadorette and Dylan Cadorette were each released on $10,000 cash bail on Jan. 11.

The court official said trial conferences are scheduled for April and June and jury selection is tentatively scheduled for early July.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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