Man gets shorter sentence in NH mall gunplay

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 24, 2009, at 7:54 a.m.

NASHUA, N.H. — A Lowell, Mass. man has struck a plea agreement with prosecutors that effectively reduces the prison sentence he is serving for firing a shotgun at his ex-wife at a New Hampshire mall.

Arthur Kousounadis was convicted two years ago of felony criminal threatening in the December 2006 shooting at Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua.

He was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, but the state Supreme Court this month threw out the conviction. The court said the trial judge should have asked the jury to specifically decide whether a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun qualifies as a deadly weapon.

Instead of a new trial on the charge, Kousounadis pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison — one year less than his original term.

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