Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that Armando Barron (age 30), formerly of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, has been indicted by the New Hampshire Multicounty Grand Jury in connection with the murder of Jonathan Amerault (age 25) in the overnight hours between Saturday, September 19, 2020, and Sunday, September 20, 2020, in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Mr. Barron was indicted for the following offenses against Jonathan Amerault:
- Capital Murder – one count – for knowingly causing the death of Jonathan Amerault before, after, while engaged in the commission of, or while attempting to commit the offense of kidnapping, by shooting Jonathan while or after he confined Jonathan under his control with a purpose to terrorize and/or commit a crime against him;
- First Degree Murder – one alternative count – for purposely causing Jonathan's death by shooting him;
- Criminal Solicitation of Murder – two counts – with a purpose that a murder be committed, for knowingly commanding, soliciting, or requesting Britany Barron to purposely cause Jonathan's death: (1) by shooting him with a firearm, and; (2) by applying force to Jonathan's neck;
- Kidnapping – one count – for knowingly confining Jonathan under his control with a purpose to terrorize him and/or to commit an offense against him;
- Criminal Solicitation of First Degree Assault – two counts – for knowingly commanding, soliciting, or requesting Britany Barron to: (1) purposely cause serious bodily injury to Jonathan by applying force to Jonathan's neck, and; (2) knowingly cause bodily injury to Jonathan by cutting Jonathan with a deadly weapon, a knife;
- Second Degree Assault – one count – for recklessly causing bodily injury to Jonathan with extreme indifference to the value of human life by kicking Jonathan in the head.
Mr. Barron was also indicted for the following offenses against a member of his household, B.B. (age 31) on the evening of September 19, 2020, consistent with the earlier joinder of the pending litigation against him in Cheshire County Superior Court:
- Domestic Violence – one count – for knowingly and unlawfully confining a family member, by means of physical force or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, so as to interfere substantially with her movements, in that: he grabbed B.B.'s arm while in possession of a firearm, and commanded her with words to the effect of: 'go with me quietly or the girls are going to see something messy,' said gun constituting a deadly weapon in the manner in which it was threatened or intended to be used;
- Reckless Conduct – Domestic Violence – one count – for recklessly engaging in conduct that placed a family member, in danger of serious bodily injury, by placing a firearm inside of B.B.'s mouth;
- Second Degree Assault – two counts – for: (1) recklessly causing serious bodily injury to B.B. by striking her in the head and breaking her nose, and; (2) knowingly strangulating her by applying pressure to her throat or neck causing her to experience impeded breathing or blood circulation or a change in voice;
In addition, two complaints were filed by the Office of the Attorney General charging Armando Barron for the misdemeanor offenses of Domestic Violence for knowingly causing unprivileged physical contact against a family member, B.B., by striking her in the head while inside their residence, and later while inside a motor vehicle.
Mr. Barron continues to be held without bail. Arraignment on these indictments will be scheduled in Cheshire County Superior Court.
The charges and allegations set forth in the indictments and complaints are merely accusations, and Mr. Barron is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.