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Antrim woman sentenced for moving man who overdosed in her apartment

  • court/crime Jason Morrison



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 11:20PM

An Antrim woman has been given a suspended prison sentence for helping to drag a man who overdosed out of a Main Street apartment in September 2017.

Kayla Phillips, 22, was sentenced to 12 months at the Hillsborough County jail – all suspended for five years – during a sentencing hearing at the Hillsborough Superior Court in Manchester on April 18, according to court documents.

Phillips had previously been found guilty of one felony count of falsifying physical evidence during a jury trial last month.

A police affidavit on file with the court says surveillance footage showed Phillips, along with her mother Geneva Niskala and her mother’s boyfriend Shawn Lagasse, carried an unconscious man out of their apartment and placed him near his car.

The affidavit said the footage showed Phillips “staging the scene.”

The man, identified as Thomas Belcher, 31, of Bennington, had to be revived with two doses of Narcan.

Phillips had called 911 and told police that he had come over to hang out and that he left. Phillips said she later saw Belcher leaning out of his car in a nearby parking lot.

Phillips was also found not guilty of one charge of reckless conduct.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.