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New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison for shooting man he thought was informant

May 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison for shooting man he thought was informant

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A man found guilty of the fatal shooting of an individual, who he believed was an informant for police in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to life behind bars.

Adrien Stillwell was found guilty in early May of first- and second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Michael Pittman.

“This involved the execution of an innocent victim,” prosecutor Jay McCormack stated.

Adrian Stillwell found guilty of killing Pittman, who he suspected of being an informant

Prosecutors indicated that Stillwell was involved in selling drugs, such as heroin when he murdered Pittman two years ago outside of the victim’s home, WMUR reported.

“This was a drug-related murder that was motivated by retaliation,” McCormack added.

Prosecutors said Stillwell believed that Pittman was an informant, but investigators said Pittman never gave any information to authorities.

“That motivation to commit murder was to protect and further the drug enterprise, to keep drugs on the street,” McCormack continued.

Three other men have been charged in the case, and two of them testified against Stillwell at his trial.

Michael Pittman was gunned down in 2015

A victim advocate read a statement from Pittman’s wife during his sentencing.

“I can never take away the image of Michael lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of our stairs. You made a choice to kill my husband for nothing…and what you took was a father, a husband, a brother and a friend to many people.”

Her statement expressed the killing extremely impacted their youngest daughter.

“She was only two years old when you took her father’s life in cold blood,” she stated. “I hope that you rot for the rest of your life. I hope every day, your conscience bothers you for what you have done.”

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