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Wife pleads not guilty to helping husband in hit-and-run

September 27, 2021 GMT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The wife of a man charged in the hit-and-run death of a retired New Hampshire police sergeant has pleaded not guilty to charges that she attempted to help him evade capture.

Angela Sprowl, 39, faces two misdemeanor counts of hindering apprehension in connection with the arrest of her husband, Craig Sprowl. He is accused of negligent homicide and conduct after allegedly striking and killing Donna Briggs, 59, while she rode a bicycle last week.

A judge on Monday continued Angela Sprowl’s bail at $10,000 after a prosecutor argued that she also faced outstanding charges in Arizona and Florida. The details of those charges were not immediately known.

Craig Sprowl, 45, pleaded not guilty on Friday; a judge ordered him held without bail.

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The Sprowls’ arrests at a Portsmouth motel on Friday came several days after Briggs, who was training for a cycling event to honor fallen law enforcement officers, was found dead down an embankment off Route 125 in Kingston. She had retired from the Hudson Police Department in 2013.

According to a court document, police said Angela Sprowl told an officer she was alone at the motel, when she wasn’t. An officer said she also was seen gesturing toward someone “in an attempt to deter someone away from the front parking lot,” the document said. The officer later saw her drive to the rear of the motel and believed she intended to pick up that person, but later returned toward the front of the building.

Angela Sprowl is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of stalking stemming from a different incident involving her husband in December. A judge had ordered her to not have contact with him.

A lawyer was appointed for Angela Sprowl, but was not available for Monday’s hearing. Another hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.