Britany Barron granted parole

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/16/2022 3:38:04 PM

Britany Barron of Jaffrey, sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison for falsifying evidence in the murder of Jonathan Amerault of Keene, allegedly committed by her husband Armando, was granted parole Thursday.

Britany Barron pleaded guilty in August 2021 to three counts of falsifying evidence in a Grafton County Superior Court as part of a plea agreement with the state. The charges relate to actions Britany Barron took when left alone at a remote campsite in northern New Hampshire with Amerault’s remains and his vehicle, including removing Amerault’s head, trying to clean and conceal his vehicle and trying to dispose of his body in a creek.

While the total sentence for Barron was 3 1/2 to 7 years, two years of the sentence were suspended. She was also granted a total of 377 days of credit for time she spent in jail prior to her plea agreement. As part of her plea agreement, Barron must be on good behavior, make monetary reparations to the Amerault family for counseling costs, refrain from contacting the Amerault family and provide testimony in the upcoming murder trial of her husband.

Armando Barron is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, multiple counts of assault in both the first and second degree, criminal solicitation of murder, kidnapping and multiple domestic violence charges.

Britany Barron was found with Amerault’s body at a campsite in Coos County on Sept. 22, 2020, and confessed to police that Armando Barron had lured Amerault, using her phone, to an isolated area in Rindge, where Armando Barron beat and shot him after learning he was having an affair with Britany and that she wanted a divorce.

Britany Barron also told police that her husband had also beaten her and tried to force her to kill Amerault herself, and later directed her to help cover up the crime by removing Amerault’s head, concealing his body and attempting to clean and conceal his vehicle. Following her arrest, she made a detailed confession to police.

During her parole hearing, Britany Barron reiterated her remorse for her part in the crime, sentiments she also expressed during her sentencing.

“I regret it every day and I know I have to live with what I’ve done for the rest of my life,” she told the parole board on a video of the hearing as reported by WMUR. “I removed Jonathan Amerault’s head because I was told that was what I had to do. … Something I continue to struggle with is forgiving yourself for the choices that you make, and being able to own, like, just really accept that it happened.”

In a statement read to the parole board by a victim advocate, family members of Amerault’s protested releasing Britany Barron on parole.

“If you think chances are low that someone capable of all that wouldn’t simply run before testifying next month, or simply go back on her word at his trial, please think again,” the statement read, according to WMUR’s recording of the hearing.

Armando Barron’s trial is scheduled to begin in May, and as part of her plea deal, Britany Barron agreed to be a witness against her husband. Her name is on the prosecution’s witness list, and her attorney, Richard Guerriero, also represented her when she negotiated the plea deal for her own charges.

According to recent court filings at the Cheshire County Superior Court, the defense appears ready to call Britany Barron’s credibility into question during the trial. Morgan Taggart-Hampton, a public defender representing Armando Barron, has filed notice the defense plan to attack the accuracy of her testimony, based on her prior plea and admission of destroying evidence.

“Her credibility will be one of, if not the most important issues at the trial. The jury needs to be informed about her felony convictions for matters directly related to the conduct alleged in the indictments against Mr. Barron, to fairly assess her credibility,” Taggart-Hampton wrote.

Taggart-Hampton further argued that the conviction for falsifying evidence and her plea agreement provided a motive for her to lie and “curry favor” with the prosecution.

In earlier court appearances, Armando Barron’s defense has also argued that his previous incidents of domestic violence perpetrated on his wife should not be admissible, in particular, an incident which took place about a week prior to the murder, where Britany Barron allegedly was assaulted by her husband after she told him she wanted a divorce. The prosecution has argued the prior assault is part of their argument to establish both motive and Armando Barron’s consciousness of guilt.

Armando Barron is expected to appear in court for final pretrial and arraignment Friday at Cheshire Superior Court in Keene.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172, Ext. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter  @AshleySaariMLT. She’s on Twitter @Ashl eySaariMLT.

 


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