LANCASTER — A former inmate at the state prison in Berlin was sentenced recently to serve 20-40 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Donald Breton, 55, also pleaded guilty to falsifying physical evidence and for being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon and received suspended sentences to those offenses.

Breton and another inmate, Kevin Gil, 47, planned and executed an attack on a third inmate at the Berlin prison in August 2017.

Using improvised weapons or shanks, the two men attacked Darryl English while the inmates were outside in the recreation yard. Breton struck English in the head and the two inmates proceeded to slash and stab English, with Gil telling English he was going to die.

English ended up with lacerations on his forehead, below his left ear, below his right ear towards his throat, under his right nipple, a 20-centimeter laceration on his left side down to his stomach, and a 25-30-centimeter laceration from his left knee to his ankle.

The motive for the attempted murder was an apparent 16-year grudge that Gil held against English.

Gil pleaded guilty to the same charges and received identical sentences back in March.

Coos County Attorney John McCormick prosecuted the cases. He praised investigators Timothy Coulombe and Daniel Hammer of the N.H. Northern Correctional Facility for conducting a swift but thorough and professional investigation that resulted in the indictments and subsequent convictions.

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