Man who held hostages at NH Clinton campaign office sentenced for bank robbery
CONCORD — The man known for holding hostages at a Clinton campaign office in 2007 has been sentenced for robbing a Manchester bank.
Leeland Eisenberg, 56, robbed the Citizens Bank on Elm Street in Manchester on Aug. 2 by handing a bank teller a note saying that he had a gun.
In February, Eisenberg pleaded guilty to the charges of bank robbery and possession of cocaine.
Eisenberg has been outspoken about his struggles with mental health and his attorney had previously cited that a failure to take his medication was the common factor in his extensive criminal record.
On June 9, Eisenberg was first brought before a judge to be sentenced for bank robbery and cocaine possession. At that time, the judge recommended a 12½-15½ year sentence.
An agreement was made between Eisenberg's attorney and the prosecution prior to sentencing to propose a five-year prison sentence followed by a three-year period of supervised release. The judge on the case was concerned about Eisenberg being a danger to the public and asked if there could be a way to make the period of supervised release longer.
The sentencing was postponed at that time to see if it would be possible to extend that piece of Eisenberg's sentence.
On Friday, sentencing resumed. The prosecution asked to have the charge of possession dropped and plead separately.
Based on Eisenberg's record, the judge was hesitant to impose what she considered a lenient sentence but was persuaded by Eisenberg's age, physical health issues and the victims' from the bank wanting him to get the mental health treatment he needed.
Eisenberg spoke during the sentencing telling the court that he was "deeply ashamed and sorry" for what he had done. He finished by saying that he takes his mental health issues very seriously and would not let himself stop taking his medication.
Eisenberg was sentenced to five years in prison with three years of supervised release with a condition of release being that he enters into a strict medication monitoring program to ensure that he remains on his medication. The vacated charge for possession of cocaine will be sentenced separately with the hope that he will receive a five-year probation sentence to run at the same time as his supervised release. The result would then be the originally proposed five years in prison with five years of supervised release.
The court recommended that Eisenberg serve his sentence at the correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, because of their mental health services.