My so-called “crime spree”

In 2011, I was 22 years old. As an adult out of college entering the “real world,” I began testing the limits of my freedom. I was arrested 5 times in only a few months. I learned a lot, built relationships with some great people, and even made a documentary out of the experience.

The charges are expunged from my record, but I don’t hide from my past. Here is the full disclosure of arrests, charges, and sentencing for those who wish to know the details. When possible, I include video and link scans of the original documents.

Arrest 1: Recording Inside a Courthouse

June 28, 2011
Location: 8th District Court Building, Keene, New Hampshire
Video (5 minutes)

Case Summary

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Refusing to stop recording in the lobby of the district court
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Charge Date: June 28, 2011
Date of Conviction: Charge Dropped (Prosecutor Chris McLaughlin left a voicemail for Derrick 1 day before trial informing him that the charge was dropped.)
Date Sentence Completed: Not applicable
Description of Sentence: Not applicable

Arrest 2: Throwing a Dance Party in the Park

September 9, 2011
Location: Central Square, Keene, New Hampshire
Video (22 minutes)
Notice of Jury Trial (Document)

Case Summary

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Obstruction of Government Administration
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Charge Date: September 9, 2011
Date of Conviction: Charge Dropped
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Resisting Arrest or Detention
RSA / Statute: 642:2
Charge Date: September 9, 2011
Date of Conviction: May 1, 2012
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Refusing to Process
RSA / Statute: 000:00
Charge Date: September 9, 2011
Date of Conviction: Charge Dropped
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Arrest 3: Holding Pot in the Park

September 14, 2011
Location: Central Square, Keene, New Hampshire
Notice of Hearing (Document)

Case Summary

Complainant: Sergeant Jason R. Short, Keene Police Department
Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Possession of a Controlled Drug (Cannabis)
RSA / Statute: RSA 318-B:2,I
Charge Date: September 14, 2011
Date of Conviction: May 1, 2012
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Complaint: “…the defendant did knowingly possess a controlled drug, to wit marijuana, against the peace and dignity of the State.”
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Contempt of Court (aka Violating Bail Condition to “be on good behavior”)
RSA / Statute: 000:00
Charge Date: September 14, 2011
Date of Conviction: May 1, 2012
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Order: Banned from Court

https://freekeene.com/2011/12/31/sheriff-dick-foote-bans-activists-forever-from-court/

Derrick’s Video (3 minutes)
Ian’s Video (11 minutes)

Arrest 4: Recording Outside a Courthouse

February 27, 2012
Location: Superior Court, Keene, New Hampshire
Derrick’s Video (1 minute)
CopBlock’s Video (13 minutes)
2 others arrested (blog)

Case Summary

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Criminal Trespass
RSA / Statute: 635:2
Charge Date: February 27, 2012
Date of Conviction: Charge Dropped
Date Sentence Completed: Not applicable
Description of Sentence: Not applicable

Complainant: Lt. Michael Gorecki (Crossed out Police Officer Peter R. Bowers)
Complaint Description: “…the defendant did knowingly physically interfere with a person he recognized to be a law enforcement officer, to wit Deputy Sheriff Michael Gorecki of the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department, by running, while said Officer was seeking to arrest Derrick Horton against the peace and dignity of the State.”
Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Resisting Arrest or Detention
RSA / Statute: 642:2
Charge Date: February 27, 2012
Date of Conviction: May 1, 2012
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Common Law Criminal Contempt (aka Violating Bail Conditions to not commit a crime)
RSA / Statute: 000:00
Charge Date: February 27, 2012
Date of Conviction:
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Contempt of Court (aka Violating Bail Conditions to “be on good behavior”)
RSA / Statute: 000:00
Charge Date: February 27, 2012
Date of Conviction:
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

Arrest 5: Disobeying an Officer

March 30, 2012
Location: 7 River St, Keene, New Hampshire

Arrest Video (12 minutes)
Arraignment Video (10 minutes)
CopBlock Write-up (Blog)

Case Summary

Complainant:
Description of Complaint: “…the defendant did while operating or in charge of a vehicle, to wit, a bicycle, willfully attempted to elude Officer Fintan P. Moore Jr., whom the defendant recognized to be a law enforcement officer, by riding away when ordered to stop, against the peace and dignity of the State.”
Court Name: New Hampshire Eight Circuit Court
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Charge ID: Disobeying an Officer
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Charge Date: March 30, 2012 3:13pm
Date of Conviction: May 1, 2012
Date Sentence Completed: June 25, 2013
Description of Sentence: 90 days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections (Released after 60 days for good behavior)

The Big Trial

May 1, 2012
8th Circuit – District Division – Keene
3 Washington St – PO Box 364
Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Case Summary

Case Name: State vs Derrick J. Horton
Case Numbers: 12-534 ; 11-2535 ; 12-964
Charges: Resisting Arrest (2 counts); Possession of a Controlled Drug; Contempt of Court (2 counts)
RSA / Statues: 642:2 ; 318-B:2,I

Video (3 hours, 30 minutes)
Documents (24 pages)

Jail

Plea Deal (Blog)
Adult Order of Commitment: “This Court finds there is just cause to hold the said defendant and IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the defendant be committed as follows: To the Cheshire County House of Correction and confined for a period of 90 days, all 5 charges concurrent but consecutive to case being remanded from CCSC
Sentence: 90 Days in the Cheshire County House of Corrections
Commence: May 7, 2012 at 4:20pm
June 25, 2012

Years After Jail

Derrick Denied Concealed Carry License in “Shall-Issue” NH
December 9, 2011 – Permit Denied by Keene Police Chief (Document)
December 12, 2011 – Motion for Appeal Filed by Derrick (Document)
January 19, 2012 – Motion for Appeal Denied by Judge (Document)
July 9, 2014 – 2nd Application for Carry License Denied (Document, Video)
November 27, 2014 – Appeal to District Court – Video (2 minutes)
September 17, 2015 – Appeal to NH Supreme Court (Decision, Document, Blog)

What Happens if you Don’t Speak in Court?
Feb 4, 2015 – Video (2 minutes)