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Addison has violent past

By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
Union Leader Staff

Michael K. Addison was accused of running down a fellow basketball player in Boston with three friends in 1997, kicking and stomping the 16-year-old before Addison, now 26, pulled out a 5-inch knife and stabbed the youth three times.

Addison, who turned 17 the day before the March 20, 1997 assault, was indicted on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder, and armed robbery in the attack on Tredaine Purdy.

Purdy was walking to a tutoring class at Madison Park High School when Addison and three other youth approached him, stole his hat and attacked him, court records show.

Addison pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and assault charges. He was sentenced to a two- to three-years in state prison to be served concurrently with a sentence he already was serving at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services's Roslindale facility, court records show. Addison also was sentenced to three years' probation upon his release from prison.

Addison violated probation in 2000 and was sentenced to six months at Suffolk County House of Correction, court records show.

The 1997 attack follows an assault three months earlier that resulted in Addison being indicted as a youthful offender and committed to the state Department of Youth Services until he turned 21 years old, court records show.

Youthful offender charges allow authorities to prosecute juveniles as an adult for certain serious offenses and, if convicted, sentence them to adult penalties.

Addison was a 16-year-old juvenile in December, 1996 when he was standing in a Burke High School hallway with a large group of students, court records show.

"Which one of you Cape Verdeans is going to get shot?" Addison said, according to the court summary of his case.

Addison then punched one student, pointed a revolver in the student's face and pulled the trigger twice. The gun - though loaded with two rounds of ammunition - did not fire, court records show.

Addison was indicted as a youthful offender on Jan. 10, 1997. He later was committed to the state's Department of Youth Services until his 21st birthday on charges of assault with intent to kill and possession of a firearm. He also received a suspended two- to three-year state prison sentence, court records show.

Despite his violent criminal past, Addison was described as a "loving and responsible parent to his son" by the infant's court-appointed guardian ad litem.

In a letter to Addison's attorney dated July 18, 2004, Margaret Hallyburton, a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing the child in two juvenile cases pending in Manchester District Court, said a DNA test confirmed Addison was the father of the child, who turned three on Friday.

Given the child's mother lost four prior children to state care or private guardianship, Hallyburton said she would like to see Addison become the boy's primary caregiver. Otherwise, he would end up in state care.

"While Michael may not have demonstrated responsibility in other areas of his life, he has taken on the responsibility of rearing his son with enthusiasm," including attending parenting classes and counseling, Hallyburton wrote.

"He clearly loves his son and is dedicated to rearing the infant child. He needs (his son), and (his son) very much needs him," she said.

Almost two weeks after the child's birth, Addison was arrested in Londonderry, N.H., on Oct. 27, 2003 for false imprisonment. He later pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to six months in the Rockingham County House of Correction, court records show.

The child was adopted by someone else.

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