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Man jailed for 2007 triple murder in NH faces new charge for Fla. killing

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 19. 2018 9:12AM
Michael Woodbury 

A man serving a life sentence for fatally shooting three people at a New Hampshire military surplus store in 2007 faces a new murder charge in the beating death of an inmate at a prison in Florida.

A grand jury indicted Michael Lawrence Woodbury, 42, on a first-degree murder charge last week, the Okeechobee News reported Sunday.

According to an investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Woodbury barricaded a cell door and beat another inmate with a padlock tied to a sock on Sept. 27.

Woodbury kept correctional officers outside the cell at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution for more than two hours as he continued to beat Antoneeze Haynes, according to court documents.

Video surveillance showed Woodbury beating Haynes and saying “I know it hurts, it’s called torture. The house of pain actually exists in hell, I used to run it,” the Okeechobee News reported.

Woodbury became an inmate at the Okeechobee prison after New Hampshire authorities transferred him to Florida in 2009. He received three life sentences in a plea deal with prosecutors for the shootings at the Army Barracks store in Conway, N.H., on July 2, 2007.

The store’s manager, James E. Walker, 34, of Denmark, Maine, was shot in the head. Also killed were William J. Jones, 25, of Walpole, Mass., and Gary Jones, 23, of Plymouth, Mass. The two were friends who stopped by the store while on a camping trip.

Woodbury told police he was robbing the store when the two men came in.

Woodbury, of Windham, Maine, led authorities on a massive manhunt that ended 24 hours later when he was captured by Fryeburg police while walking on railroad tracks.

He had been released two months earlier from Maine State prison in Warren, where he served five years on armed robbery charges.

A month before the killings, Woodbury hitched a ride to Florida with sisters Renee Gagne, 17, and Megan Reeves, 18, of Windham, Maine, and allegedly went on a multi-state crime spree.

“He’s psycho and he will do about anything. He kept telling us that he is a demon and can read people’s minds,” Gagne had told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Woodbury made his initial appearance on the new murder charge Thursday in 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida.


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