Daniel ‘Boots’ Boothby: Claremont Assault Was Just the First
Concord — Within the hierarchy of the Brotherhood of White Warriors, Daniel “Boots” Boothby, 26, of Concord, is one step from the top. His rank, according to the Concord police, is “lord” or “council member.”
Boothby’s job, with the help of Matthew Peters, 22, also of Concord was to expand drug activity for BOWW outside the prison walls, according to a police affidavit. The Concord police say Boothby, formerly of Charlestown, was doing that when he and Peters committed a violent armed robbery and assault near Memorial Field in February.
The drug victim Boothby and Peters kidnapped and tried to rob was carrying $5,000 to $10,000 of heroin, depending on how the drug was repackaged and sold, according to the affidavit.
Boothby pleaded guilty to multiple charges in October in exchange for a 7½- to 30-year prison sentence. Peters is awaiting trial.
Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray said he had considered seeking an extended sentence for Boothby by arguing that the February armed robbery was gang-related. But that would have required him to rely on other alleged gang members and uncooperative witnesses to make his case at trial.
Instead, Murray got the extended sentence by using an easier argument known as “three strikes and you’re out.”
Murray had that option because Boothby, who first went to prison at 18, has twice before served prison sentences lasting longer than a year. Boothby’s record inside and outside prison is heavy with assaults.
At trial, Boothby would have faced five to 10 years in prison on all five charges if convicted, but a judge would have been unlikely to hand down a 25- to 50-year sentence, Murray said.
With the plea deal, Boothby will be in prison for at least 7½ years and remain in prison or on supervised parole for all 30 years. A long supervision inside or outside prison was the goal, Murray said.
Boothby started his first state prison sentence in late 2005 on a conviction out of Sullivan County for second-degree assault.
In that case, Boothby, then 17 and living in Charlestown, and three other teenagers repeatedly beat and kicked two men in Claremont, badly enough that they suffered serious injuries including broken ribs, concussions and, for one victim, a punctured lung, according to court records.
Boothby has been in and out of prison ever since.
During Boothby’s prison stays from June 2008 to August 2011, he pleaded guilty or was found guilty of 31 prison infractions, including assaults on inmates, gang activity and disorderly behavior, according to federal and state court records.
Boothby received a second prison sentence in 2010 of one to two years for assaulting a prison sergeant.
Boothby filed a federal lawsuit related to that assault against prison staff in 2010, alleging corrections officers had beaten him up as he walked back from the meal hall.
A jury found in favor of the prison. According to records in the file, Boothby had asked another inmate to punch him in the face so he could bring an assault case against the prison.
The inmate refused and Boothby was later heard thumping himself against his cell wall after saying, “This is going to hurt.”
Boothby was most recently arrested in May on charges related to the Concord armed robbery and assault. A month later, while he was awaiting trial in Merrimack County jail, Boothby punched another inmate in the head, according to August indictments. That case is pending.
Boothby, who is serving his sentence in the Concord prison, did not return a request for an interview.