OSSIPEE — An Effingham woman indicted on charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 63-year-old man is scheduled to have a pretrial conference next month.
In March of last year, Ann Marie Sargent, 69, pleaded not guilty to those charges in Carroll County Superior Court. The charges relate to the shooting of Robert Dishman that occurred at Ams Way in Effingham on Nov. 28, 2016.
Dishman died of his injuries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on the same day as the shooting.
The manslaughter indictment is the more serious of the two. It's a special felony carrying up to 30 years in New Hampshire State Prison and a $4,000 fine.
It alleges that Sargent "recklessly caused the death of another" in that she "brought a loaded firearm to a confrontation with Robert Dishman (DOB June 20, 1953) and during the course of the confrontation, the firearm was discharged, Mr. Dishman was struck in the chest, and subsequently died from his wounds."
The negligent homicide charge says Sargent "negligently" caused Dishman's death. The rest of the indictment is the same as the manslaughter charge. This indictment carries a possible penalty of seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
The indictments were signed by Assistant County Attorney Keith Blair.
Sargent waived her right to a speedy trial last September. She was released on $25,000 personal recognizance. The target date for jury selection is March 11.
At the final pretrial hearing, Sargent may change her plea, and non-evidentiary motions will be heard.
"No plea agreement will be considered after this date unless exceptional circumstances exist," states a notice of jury trial from court clerk Abigail Albee. "Thereafter the case will be tried or disposed of as a 'naked plea.' Defendant must be present."
Ams Way is located off of Simon Hill Road, just west of Province Lake and south of Pine River State Forest.
After authorities announced Dishman's death, the Sun looked for Ams Way. The mailbox at 4 Ams Way bore the name Ann Marie Sargent on it and an alternate address of 4 Ann Marie's Way. A sign posted near the box indicated that the residents were members of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Other signs posted near Ams Way said, "Keep out."
An online publication, "The Farms of Carroll County 2016: Your Guide to Local Farms & Food!" published by University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the farm bureau listed Dishman and Sargent as contact people for an enterprise called The Farm at Ledgehaven.
The farm, the listing said, offered rabbit, goat, chicken, pastured pig, honey, goat dairy products, chaga and mushrooms, soap, beeswax, candles and Himalayan salt.