Mass. man sentenced 30 years after N.H. burglary

CONCORD, N.H. — A man who fled New Hampshire in the middle of his burglary trial 30 years ago has finally been apprehended and sent to prison.

Robert Wade, 55, was arrested by police in Brockton, Mass., in January. He was using an alias, but eventually was linked to the decades-old crime in Manchester. He fought being sent to New Hampshire and, once extradited, asserted that he was not the Robert Wade who was convicted in absentia in Hillsborough Superior Court. His sentencing in May was postponed until this week so prosecutors could amass evidence to prove his identity.


Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said not only did her office have on file fingerprints taken from the crime scene and after Wade’s arrest, but had obtained recent jailhouse phone recordings in which Wade repeatedly acknowledged he was the same Robert Wade who had been convicted three decades earlier.

Wade was convicted of burglary for breaking into the home of a young Manchester mother in February 1982.

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Wade was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years in prison.

‘‘It’s nice to see that some people are caught up with,’’ LaFrance said.

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