Man sentenced to life in prison plus 45 years in beheading case

CONCORD, NH — A New Hampshire man convicted of killing his wife’s colleague and forcing her to behead him was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 45 years.

Armando Barron, 32, was convicted on Thursday of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A judge imposed additional time as recommended by prosecutors for other crimes, including kidnapping, criminal solicitation and assault.

“Your actions were brutal. They were also horrible, they were selfish and they were completely insane,” Judge Elizabeth Leonard told Barron. “The abject cruelty, the pain and suffering and all that you inflicted on Jonathan that night is unfathomable.”

Barron was charged with assaulting his wife after it was discovered that she texted his colleague, Jonathan Amerault, 25, in September 2020. Prosecutors said he used his wife’s cellphone to luring Amerault to a park, where he beat and kicked him before forcing him into his own car and shooting him.

Barron’s lawyers argued that his wife shot Amerault, which she denied.

Britany Barron, 33, testified that after Amerault was shot, she was forced to drive the car 200 miles (320 kilometers) north to a remote campsite, with Armando behind her. There, she says, she was forced to behead Amerault. Her husband eventually left her at the scene, telling her to dispose of the body, she testified.

Their voices shaking with anger and sadness, Amerault’s parents both called Barron a disgusting leech on Friday.

“The only good thing I see in all this heinous crime is that you are not 40, 50 or 60, but only 30. You have a very, very long time to disappear and rot in prison”, said Kenny Amerault.

“My son Jonathan was a thousand times more of a man than this hoodlum could ever dream of being,” said Justine Amerault. “The loss of Jonathan to this world is incredibly sad.

“But the saddest thing of all is that despite being surrounded by so many wonderful people, this evil creature slithered through all of us and took him away. And the last hours of the beautiful life of Jonathan have been in the company of this ugly, hideous and demented creature.

Barron, who did not speak at the sentencing hearing, plans to appeal his convictions, his lawyer said.

The Associated Press previously did not name the couple so as not to identify Britany Barron, who said she suffered extreme abuse. Through her lawyer, she recently agreed to the use of her name.

ABC News

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