A former Winchester police officer accused of pointing a loaded gun at another man while on duty in August has filed his intent to plead guilty. Kevin Martel, 26, who is a resident of Walpole, will plead guilty in Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene to a felony count of criminal threatening. Court officials had slated Martel’s plea and sentencing hearing for March 8, but due to an attorney scheduling conflict will reschedule it for a different day this month.
Martel resigned from the Winchester Police Department in December, according to town officials. Martel was on the force for about 18 months. He is also a former member of the U.S. Army.
Attorneys on both sides are recommending that a judge sentence Martel to 12 months in jail, all suspended for two years on conditions of good behavior.
N.H. State Police allege in court documents that Martel was driving on Main Street in Ashuelot on Aug. 21 when he pointed a loaded gun out a car window at Joshua Parda, 31, as well as at potentially occupied homes.
Martel was on duty at the time, according to Michael G. Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office in Manchester. Valentine is prosecuting Martel in Cheshire County to ensure there is no conflict of interest with local prosecutors.
Martel is represented by Keene-based attorney Christopher F. Wells.
In August 2011, Martel was convicted of reckless conduct in Northfield, Vt., according to the documents.