MANCHESTER, NH — A self-described Nazi is facing an upgraded first-degree murder charge in the beating death of his girlfriend last September inside her apartment at the Henry J. Pariseau Apartments on the city’s West Side.
Damien Seace, 35, no address listed, was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court North grand jury on the first-degree murder charge accusing him of purposely causing the death of Jennifer Burpee on July 23, 2019, by “physically assaulting her multiple times,” according to the indictment.
When Seace was arrested, he was charged with two alternative counts of second-degree murder, alleging he recklessly or knowingly caused Burpee’s death.
The grand jury also indicted Seace on a second-degree murder charge alleging he recklessly caused Burpee’s death under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Police said Seace beat Burpee to death with a piece of furniture.
It was not the first time that Seace allegedly assaulted Burpee. In October 2018, he was arrested for second-degree assault after telling Burpee he was going to murder and bury her as he put his hands around her neck and strangled her, according to court documents. He also was charged with two counts of criminal threatening and a misdemeanor offense of simple assault, domestic violence. The Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office dropped all charges after Burpee recanted.
Daniel Samaria, 44, of 177 Lake Ave., also is facing an upgraded charge of manslaughter in the death of Robert LaChance, 57, of Manchester. When arrested, Samaria was charged with negligent homicide, which carries a 3 1/2 to 7-year sentence on conviction, and first-degree assault. A manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison.
Samaria also was indicted on negligent homicide, first- and second-degree assault and reckless conduct in LaChance’s death.
The night of Sept. 13, LaChance was in the parking lot outside Families in Transition’s (FIT) family shelter, 177 Lake Ave., sorting through milk crates and tossing them into a garbage bin when he had an argument with Samaria.
Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney David Jenkins, at a court hearing, said FIT surveillance cameras recorded Samaria coming up behind LaChance and landing a “sucker punch” to his face. LaChance stumbled backward and hit his head on the pavement on Spruce Street. The prosecutor said Jenkins admitted to hitting LaChance two to three times.
LaChance died at Elliot Hospital the following day.
Also indicted were:
*Jonathan Vargas, 31, whose address is listed as the New Horizons shelter at 199 Manchester St., on two counts of first-degree assault alleging he stabbed two men on two different days. The first alleged incident happened on the night of Aug. 19 at 320 Union St. Police found a 27-year-old man in the street bleeding from the neck but who had been stabbed multiple times.
The second incident happened about 2 a.m. on Sept. 12 in front of 385 Union St. A 27-year-old man suffered a laceration to the back. According to the indictments, Vargas used a sharp-edge instrument in causing the injury.
Vargas also was indicted on two counts of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. He was convicted on May 20, 2011, of armed robbery in Essex County (Mass.) Superior Court, according to the indictment.
*Sara Hanamura, 35, and Shogo Hanamura, 44, formerly of 35 Eagle Nest Way, on charges related to the alleged abuse of her 3-year-old daughter. Shogo was already indicted on first- and second-degree assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. Shogo allegedly put the child’s hands in hot or boiling water and both are accused of delaying needed medical care for the child.
Sara is accused of witness tampering for allegedly telling an older child not to talk about discipline in the household.
Sara now is facing five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of reckless conduct for delaying necessary medical care for her daughter who on Sept. 21, 2019 “sustained significant injuries to both hands.”
The endangerment indictments, which Shogo also is facing, alleges that from Feb. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2018, and again on Sept. 21, 2018, the couple did not seek medical treatment for the child after she suffered injuries on three separate occasions to her chest, back and hands; and that they confined the child to a very small room for extended periods of time.
*Sugeiry Ramos, 18, of 176 Wilson St. was indicted on seven counts of forgery involving $10,500. According to the indictments, between May 10 and July 8, he forged the name of Francy Vasquez on seven checks drawn on the account of Prestige Property Services.
*Kyshawn Ross, 41, of 81 Manchester St., Apt. 2, was indicted on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Ross is accused of raping a woman on Sept. 2 in a bathroom. According to the indictments, he twice held her against a bathroom sink, even though she tried to push him away and told him to stop, and raped her; twice forced her to her knees and forced his penis into her mouth, and once insert his penis into her anal opening.
*William Jameson, 27, of 875 Mammoth Road, Apt. 6, two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one charge of second-degree assault. Between Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2015, Jameson allegedly raped a woman who was unable to resist due to her being intoxicated. A second count alleges that between Nov. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2015, he forced the same woman to perform fellatio on him. The second-degree assault charge alleges that sometime between Oct. 24, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, he choked the woman causing her to experience impeded breathing or blood circulation and a change in voice.
*Lynn Mesquita,45, a/k/a Lynn Manning of 1030 Clay St., Apt. 1A was indicted for criminal threatening. On June 25 she allegedly placed R.M. in imminent danger of bodily injury when she “pointed a firearm at R.M.”