Local Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery and Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon

Will Serve Sentence at State Prison

Wayne Keough, 40, formerly of Claremont, NH, entered pleas of guilty on July 18th to the felony offenses of Robbery-Armed with a Deadly Weapon and Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon.  Keough was sentenced to serve a 7.5-15 year term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison on the Robbery-Armed with a Deadly Weapon, according to the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office.  He was further sentenced to a 3.5-7 year term of incarceration at the State Prison on the Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon charge.  That sentence was suspended for 15 years, conditioned upon his good behavior and compliance with the terms of his sentence, and if imposed, will be served consecutively to the 7.5-15 year sentence on the Robbery-Armed with a Deadly Weapon conviction.

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Keough was identified by the Claremont Police Department for his role in an April 7, 2017, armed robbery of a motor vehicle from a man in the Walmart parking lot within the City of Claremont.  The victim was an employee of the store at the time of the offense and was forcibly removed from his vehicle at knifepoint.  On April 10, 2017, after Claremont Police Department learned of a possible location for Keough, who had fled the scene after the robbery, “Detective Casey Piehl observed Keough operating a motor vehicle in the area of 8 Park Avenue.  Det. Piehl attempted to apprehend Mr. Keough who ultimately led Claremont Police in a pursuit through the City – Mr. Keough reaching estimated speeds of up to 80 miles per hour prior to entering the state of Vermont,” said the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office in a statement.    

“The law enforcement community of Sullivan County remains vigilant in their efforts to address dangerous criminal behavior of this nature,” said County Attorney Marc Hathaway, who prosecuted the cases.  “The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to pursue appropriate sentences designed to keep the people and property of Sullivan County safe, while addressing the dangerous influences of criminogenic behavior at all phases of the criminal prosecution.  

“The Claremont Police Department successfully investigated this case and were able to quickly identify Mr. Keough as the suspect,” added Hathaway.  

Springfield Vermont Police Department further assisted in the investigation. 


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