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Collins charged with assault behind bars

July 12, 2019
OSSIPEE —An Ossipee man currently serving a lengthy prison sentence is facing new charges that he attacked a fellow inmate.

A Carroll County Grand Jury handed up the latest set of indictments June 21. Among them, Dana Collins is charged with felony-level assault by a prisoner and witness tampering. According to the indictments, on June 5 at the county jail, Collins struck Jay McMahon with a lunch tray and he did so because McMahon had provided information to Ossipee Police in regard to the death of Carmela "Melina" Porter.

The next morning, in Superior Court, Collins pled guilty to a long list of charges including selling the drug fentanyl that resulted in Porter, mother of two from Ossipee, dying on Nov. 20, 2017. He was sentenced to seven to 14 years in state prison. He also pled guilty to possession of fentanyl with intent to sell on a separate occasion months after Porter's death, felon in possession of a deadly weapon, driving after having been declared a habitual offender and receiving stolen property.

The new charges against Collins are punishable by three and a half to seven years in prison.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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