Claremont’s Jarvis Returns to Jail

A month after being re-released to a halfway house, Jesse Jarvis, one of the four alleged founders of the Brotherhood of White Warriors, has returned to prison for failing a drug test.

The 32-year-old tested positive for synthetic marijuana Nov. 24, shortly after returning from a sanctioned trip to Claremont leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, said his public defender, Brooke Belanger. The drug, also known as K2, is banned in New Hampshire and against house rules.

Appearing before the state parole board yesterday, Belanger said Jarvis “recognizes he’s on thin ice.”

“This is self-medication,” she told board members. “Mental health treatment is what’s really needed here.”

Jarvis, who law enforcement officials have identified as a founder and at least one-time president of BOWW, a white supremacist prison gang, last appeared before the board Nov. 19, after allegedly violating the rules of his Manchester halfway house — staff said he had made alarming statements and gestures. The parole board acquitted him of those charges and returned him to the house, where he had first been sent in October. Before that, Jarvis had been incarcerated in Florida as part of an interstate compact with New Hampshire for various offenses dating back to 2008. including simple assault, false report to an officer, resisting arrest and theft of a Nazi flag.

Belanger told the board that Jarvis had been unable to get treatment in Florida for his emotional issues, a good portion of which stems from his 2008 arrest, which resulted in the death of his father. According to an attorney general’s investigation at the time, Jarvis’s father was killed by a SWAT team after he refused to exit a camper in Charlestown. The officers, who had already taken Jarvis into custody, believed the father, a convicted felon, was armed. Two officers eventually entered the camper and shot the elder Jarvis after he fired on them, according to the investigation.

At the parole hearing in November, Belanger said Jarvis planned to move in with his sister-in-law in Claremont if and when he was paroled, which he would have been eligible for early next year. The board said yesterday that he will now be eligible for parole 90 days from the date of his latest offense. Board member Barbara Maloney stressed to Jarvis, who sat quietly throughout the brief hearing, that he will only be released if he submits a comprehensive parole plan that includes mental health treatment.

“Get those services and move on,” Maloney said.

Jarvis has been in and out of prison since 1999, when he was arrested for shoplifting, resisting arrest and attempted escape from a hospital, where he was taken and treated for intoxication. He and three other inmates are believed to have founded BOWW eight years ago inside the Berlin prison.