SECOND SUSPECT PLEADS IN DITTMEYER CASE

by Christian Mower on June 12, 2012

A 24-YEAR-OLD TAMWORTH MAN WILL HAVE TO SERVE JUST UNDER SIX YEARS IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO TWO CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2011 KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF 20-YEAR-OLD KRISTA DITTMEYER OF BRIDGTON, MAINE.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL JAMES VARA SAYS TREVOR FERGUSON PLED GUILTY TUESDAY MORNING IN SUPERIOR COURT IN OSSIPEE TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY, A CLASS A FELONY, AND HINDERING APPREHENSION OR PROSECUTION, A CLASS B FELONY.

VARA SAYS FERGUSON ADMITTED DRIVING THE CAR AND PICKING UP 29-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY PAPILE OF OSSIPEE AFTER PAPILE DUMPED DITTMEYER’S BOUND BODY INTO A NORTH CONWAY POND IN THE SPRING OF 2011. PAPILE WAS SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON IN MAY OF 2012 AFTER HE ADMITTED THAT HE KILLED DITTMEYER.

FERGUSON WAS SENTENCED TO AT LEAST 7 YEARS ON THE ROBBERY CHARGE BUT HAS ALREADY SERVED NEARLY 400 DAYS – SO HE COULD BE RELEASED AFTER SERVING A LITTLE LESS THAN SIX YEARS. HE WAS SENTENCED TO AT LEAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS ON THE HINDERING CHARGE, BUT THAT SENTENCE WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 10 YEARS IF FERGUSON OBTAINS AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE WITH NO MAJOR DISCIPLINARY VIOLATIONS.

CHARGES IN THE CASE ARE STILL ARE PENDING AGAINST A THIRD SUSPECT, 29-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL PETELIS OF OSSIPEE.

PROSECUTORS SAY DITTMEYER WAS THE VICTIM OF A DRUG DEAL GONE WRONG.