NORTH HAVERHILL — Justine Amerault, the mother of murdered Keene man Jonathan Amerault, held back rage and tears on Wednesday, excoriating the woman who cut off her son’s head.

“He was the most beautiful person inside and out and nothing will ever fix this,” Justine Amerault said.

Justine Amerualt spoke during the sentencing of Britany Barron, the Jaffrey woman who was forced to decapitate Jonathan Amerault by her husband, Armando Barron, last year. Armando Barron’s murder trial is pending in the Chsire Superior Court.

Justin Amerault started her statement by stating she was informed she cannot call Briatny Barron any names during her statement.

“That’s OK, because there simply does not exist a word that’s low enough for us to call this guilty individual,” she said.

Britany Barron, for her part, took full responsibility for her actions last September, when her husband reacted with rage to fining text damages between Britany Barron and Jonatahn Amerault. Britany Barron and Jonathan Amerault worked together at Teleflex in Jaffrey.

“This guilty individual stole my props for living, and she stole Jonathan’s too,” Justine Amerault said. “Because of her immoral behavior, he will never realize his full potential here on earth.”

Jonathan Amerault was an engineer at the biomedical company and was known as a caring young man who loved the outdoors, according to his mother. He was recognized for his volunteer work in high school by the White House.

As Britany Barron was seeking to get out of her marriage to the controlling Armando Barron, she started a texting relationship with Jonathan, according to court records. Before their relationship could go anywhere, Armando Barron found the texts and made murderous choices, according to court records.

“Because she acted upon her immoral lust, recklessly dragging him into her life, worlds collided,” Justine Amerualt said. “He typed words into a phone. He was not her lover.”

Britany Barron sobbed as she asked the family for forgiveness, saying she lives with constant self-loathing for what she did.

“I am sorry for every single thing I did to Jonathan,” she said. "I admit I had no right to do the things I did.”

Britany said she intends to demonstrate her sorrow by accepting responsibility for what she did and serving her prison time.

"I will live with this regret and shame for my whole life,” she said.

As part of the plea agreement, Britany Barron was sentenced to three and a last to seven years in prison, with two years suspended from the minimum and maximum sentences. She also got 377 days credit for time already served, meaning she could be released next year. She will also have two three and a half to seven years sentences suspended for 10 years as part of the deal. Judge Peter Borenstein acknowledged that her case has unique features.

“It’s a close call, but I believe the sentence as negotiated is appropriate,” Borenstein said.

Justine Amerault has made it clear she disagrees with the plea deal.

“My hands shake. My head aches. Sleep is a battle to keep away the horrific images of what she did to my beautiful son,” Justine Amerault said. “I wake up to a stabbing pain in my pounding heart. I hear the sound of my son screaming in the darkness.”

As part of the plea agreement, Britany Barron will have to testify against Armando Barron. Her attorney, Richard Guerriero, described Britany Barron’s rough childhood that included physical and sexual abuse. She was kicked out of her house when she was 17, and went to live with her then boyfriend, Armand Barron.

“She grew up in an abusive household and moved into Barron’s household. She’s literally never lived anywhere else and she has three children with this man,” Guerrieo said.

Before Armando Barron allegedly murdered Jonathan Amerauly, he savagely beat his wife, according to Guerrieo.

She herself is a victim. She was strangled to the point of unconsciousness, he put a loaded gun in mouth, he split her head open, he broke her nose,” Guerrieor said.

After he beat his wife, Armando Barron used her phone to lure Jonathan Amerault to Rindge, according to court records.

There, at Annett Wayside Park, Armando Barron beat and tortured Amerault, at times trying to force his wife to hurt or kill Amerault, which she refused. At one point, both Amerault and Brittany Barron were alone in a car, and she was armed with a machete.

“Jonathan pleaded for the defendant to ‘pick up the machete and kill him [referring to Mr. Barron].’ Jonathan told her, ‘Just pick up the machete and kill him.’ Britany told Jonathan, ‘You don’t understand, man. I’m not going to kill him with that blow, and we’re both going to die in this car,’” according to a previous motion filed in court.

Amerault had begged for his life when Armando Barron brandished a gun, according to an interview Britany Barron gave, part of court records.

“[Mr. Barron] beat the hell out of this kid . . . He punched him. [Jonathan] fell. And then he just started kicking him and kicking him and kicking him . . . In his back. In his – Anywhere. Anywhere. He didn’t care. He was just kicking this guy. He stomped on his face,” she told investigators.

In the following moments, Armondo Barron ordered his wife to shoot Amerault’s, and she refused. Instead, according to Agati’s motion, she stood on Amerault’s neck, putting the full force of her weight down on her lover in an unsuccessful attempt to strangle him. Armando Barron then gave his wife a knife and told her to slit Amerault’s wrists, which Agati reports she did. That failed to kill Amerault and Armando Barron then allegedly assaulted him with the machete, Britany Barron told investigators.

“Throughout the assaults, the attempted strangulation, and the cutting of his wrists, Jonathan never lost consciousness,” Agati wrote. “According to (Britany Barron,) ‘That’s the worst part. Like, he was awake for everything.’”

Armando Barron put Jonathan Amerault in the truck of Amerault’s Subaru, and shot him three times, according to court records.

Armando Barron ordered his wife to drive the Subaru to their Jaffrey home, where they retrieved camping gear. On that drive and at her house, Britany Barron told police she could hear Amerault’s moans.

“While loading the camping gear into the car, (Britany Barron) heard Jonathan moaning in the back of his car. According to the defendant, ‘He was just going, ‘Ugh, Ugh, Ugh,’ over and over again,” Agati wrote.

At the time, Brittany Barron had the loaded gun her husband used in the murder, according to court records. He had put it in her backpack as they got ready to drive north.

The couple then drove separate cars four hours north to Errol where they stopped at a general store and Armando Barron bought cleaning supplies, according to court records. Driving further, they got to the remote campsite where Armando Barron burned Amerault’s I.D. and other documents, and ordered his wife to clean the car, according to court records.

They then drove further into the woods, damaging Amerault’s car in the process. At this second campsite, Armando Barron ordered his wife to cut of Amerault’s head with a saw, and then he left her to hid the body, according to court records.

When Amerault’s mother reported her son missing, police learned that Britany Barron had suddenly called her work and announced she quit and was moving away. When investigators talked to her in-laws, they told police she had gone away camping, Agati said in Court. In both instances, Armando Barron had told his wife and parents what to say, Agati said.

Some hunters in the Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant had come across Britany Barron, and told her she was trespassing, and that she was in danger. Her campsite was close to a bear baiting site, according to court records. The hunters contacted New Hampshire Fish and Game, and two conservation officers went into the woods to find her.

“I’m in big trouble,” Britany Barron reportedly told the officers when they found her.

Armando Barron is being held without bail. He has been indicted for murder, but has not yet been arraigned on the charges.


Jonathan Amerault

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Britany Barron

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Whether or not former Claremont Police Officer Jonathan Stone’s disciplinary records will be made public could be determined in coming weeks, according to an order issued this week by Sullivan Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker.

Stone, a current Claremont city councilor and past candidate for state representative, maintains that the police records on any potential wrongdoing he may have committed as a police officer cannot be released because of a union-negotiated confidentiality agreement.

Tucker ruled this week that unless either the city or Stone requested further oral arguments in the case within 20 days, he plans to issue a final ruling. Tucker has had the case for more than a year.

This reporter has been seeking the disciplinary records concerning Stone’s time as a police officer since June of last year. After filing a Right to Know request with the City of Claremont, the city initially went to court in order to have Tucker rule on whether or not it had to release any documents.

Tucker ordered the city to follow RSA 91-A and review the records to determine if any should be made public under the law. City Manager Ed Morris then sent this reporter a letter in August of 2020 detailing the findings of the review, and stating there are 11 internal affairs investigations with sustained findings involving Stone that can be released under the law.

Stone is now fighting to keep those records from going public, arguing that a union-mediated agreement bars the release.

Stone’s attorney, Peter Decato, argued in a previous hearing that at least four internal affairs investigations are bound up in a confidentiality agreement between Stone and the city, which was reached in 2006 after an arbitration hearing. Decato argues that the city cannot release information that is supposed to have been purged from Stone’s file, per the agreement.

Tucker has expressed skepticism in court that a union agreement could take precedence over state law. Tucker’s latest order, issued on Tuesday, indicates he plans to rule on whether or not the records that were supposed to be destroyed are subject to a Right to Know request, if any such agreements can override state law, and determine Stone’s privacy rights weighed against the public interest.

A similar case involving State Trooper Samuel Provenza and the Town of Canaan is due for oral arguments before the State Supreme Court later this month.

In that case, The Valley News is seeking a report from an outside investigation into Provenza from his time as a Canaan police officer. Provenza is currently being sued by resident Crystal Eastman over her claims that he assaulted her during an arrest.

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Dartmouth College has no plans to rename the Black Family Visual Arts Center, despite accusations that wealthy donor Leon Black sexually abused and assaulted a Russian woman, at one point allegedly handing her to meet with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Leon Black, who gave the college approximately $48 million for the visual arts center, was ousted from his position at Apollo Global Management earlier this year after his ties to Epstein were revealed. The Apollo board discovered that Black, one of the company’s co-founders, had paid out more than $150 million to Epstein after Epstein’s 2008 conviction for sexually assaulting a child.

In June, former Russian model Guzel Ganieva, filed a lawsuit in New York against Black claiming he abused her over the course of their seven-year relationship. Ganieva’s lawsuit also claims that Black flew her to Florida in 2008 against her will in order to have sex with Epstein.

Dartmouth’s Associate Vice President for Communications, Diana Lawrence, said this week the college has no plans to remove Black’s name from the building.

“There are no plans to rename the arts center,” Lawrence said. “We are going to decline to comment on an ongoing legal matter.”

Diana Whitney, with the group, Dartmouth Community against Gender Harassment and Sexual Violence, called the school’s refusal to change the building’s name despicable.

“These new allegations of sexual violence are disturbing; however the crux of the matter is Black’s longtime association with Epstein. I just finished reading the book Perversion of Justice by Miami Herald journalist Julie K. Brown and learned about the extent of Epstein's sex trafficking operation,” Whitney said. “Anyone who paid Epstein money following his 2008 arrest, let alone $158 million, enabled his continued abuse of hundreds of girls. Given this information, is despicable for Dartmouth to keep Black’s name on the visual arts center.”

Lawrence has said the college condemns Epstein’s behavior.

Epstein is the financier who was convicted in a child sex assault case in Florida in 2008, and received a controversial, lenient sentence. Federal agents have identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, as alleged victims. Epstein committed suicide in jail in 2019 after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges. His former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested last year on charges of sexually trafficking girls for Epstein. She was taken into custody at her Bradford home where she was reportedly hiding.

Epstein and Maxwell had ties to the rich and powerful, with figures like former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and former President Donald Trump all circling Epstein and Maxwell’s orbit. Black has denied knowing about Epstein’s criminal activities.

However, according to the documents filed in Ganieva’s lawsuit Black “made multiple comments to Ms. Ganieva about Epstein’s sexual proclivities.”

The lawsuit claims Black knew that Epstein would fly “very young girls” on his private jet. Black allegedly told Ganieva that Epstein made money because “he takes care of the little girls.”

Ganieva’s also accuses Black of forcing her to fly “to Florida without her consent, to satisfy the sex needs of Epstein, his ‘best friend.’”

The Black Family Vistula Arts Center was opened in 2012 after Black donated the $48 million needed to build it. The center houses the departments of studio art, film and media studies, and digital humanities.


Black Family Center

Dartmouth College has no plans remove the Black name from the Black Family Visual Arts Center after revelations former trustee Leon Black, who donated the $48 million for the center, was named in a sex abuse lawsuit.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested last year at her Bradford home, where she was reportedly in hiding.

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