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Meth user gets 30 years in prison for Prout Park murder

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 01. 2017 12:08PM
Judge Gillian Abramson, right, comforts Gail Chenell, the sister of murder victim Richard Carlson following the sentencing of Jonathan Bijeol at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Jonathan Bijeol will spend the next 30 years in prison for the summer 2016 beating death of a man on the bleachers of Prout Park in the Hallsville neighborhood of Manchester.

Bijeol, 35, admitted he was high on methamphetamine when he killed Richard Carlson, 61, who was taking a accustomed night-time walk throughout the neighborhood. The beating was so vicious that police removed a portion of the metal bleacher and Carlson’s blood spurted on a nearby chain-link fence.

“You deserve nothing. You are nothing. You are scum,” said Carlson’s sister, Gail Chenell, who spoke to him during a sentencing hearing Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court North. She looked Bijeol in the eye as she spoke.

Members of her family dabbed their eyes as their matriarch, confined to a wheelchair and living in a nursing home, made the second trip in a month’s time to Manchester to face Bijeol. Two weeks ago, a hearing was called off after his defense lawyers made last minute moves in the case.

Bijeol told Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson that what he did was wrong and he apologized. His record includes felony assaults in New Hampshire and Arizona, attempted armed robbery and drug possession.

After sentencing him to 30 years to life in New Hampshire State Prison, Abramson took the unusual move of leaving the court bench, kneeling at Chenell’s feet and speaking words of comfort to the family.

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