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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005

    NH - Danny Paquette, 36, shot to death, Hooksett, 9 Nov 1985


    Daughter now admits, 18 years later she was with boyfriend who shot and killed her stepfather. The article makes a good point, as the years go by, people mature, and sometimes they will now give up information. Pays to go back and talk to people.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From December 2005:


    The police arrested a Hopkinton man, Erik Windhurst, yesterday in connection with a murder that happened 20 years ago in Hooksett. Friends and relatives of the murder victim, Danny Paquette, said Windhurst was dating Paquette's stepdaughter at the time of the crime...

    Investigators say Windhurst shot Paquette through the heart the morning of Nov. 9, 1985. Paquette, 36, was welding outside his barn at 898 Whitehall Road when the shooting occurred.
    From June 2007:


    Cooper, who was 15 at the time, said she told Windhurst, then 17, that Paquette had sexually abused and raped her and she feared he would hurt her again if he learned she was back in New Hampshire. She had been living in another state.

    Prosecutors said Windhurst had learned about the same time that his sisters had been molested in separate incidents, and the shooting was his form of revenge...

    Windhurst pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a 15-to-36-year prison sentence.
    From January 2008:


    A former New Hampshire woman serving time for her role in the murder of her stepfather two decades ago has been granted parole and will be released from prison on March 1.

    Melanie Paquette Cooper, 37, will be able to return to her Wyoming home after a state board agreed on Thursday to parole her when she completes her 15-month minimum sentence.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2013

    A judge voiced strong words Thursday when asked to shave five years off the 15-year sentence of Hopkinton resident Eric Windhurst, who killed a high-school friend’s stepfather.

    “We can’t have vigilante justice,” Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara said after two hours of testimony and legal arguments...

    McNamara said he will issue a written decision soon.

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