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Man gets 20-40 years in prison in 30-year-old Nashua murder case

  • This photo released by the Nashua, N.H. Police shows Anthony Barnaby. On Thursday April 23, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ordered the extradition of Barnaby to New Hampshire to face charges in the deaths of two women in New Hampshire nearly 27 years ago. (Nashua New Hampshire Police Department via AP, File)

  • This April 2011 photo provided by the Nashua, N.H. Police shows David Caplin. On Thursday April 23, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ordered the extradition of Caplin to New Hampshire to face charges in the deaths of two women in New Hampshire nearly 27 years ago. (Nashua New Hampshire Police Department via AP, File)


Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Associated Press

A man extradited from Canada to face murder charges in a 30-year-old case has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing two Nashua women.

David Caplin pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder Wednesday. Five years of his minimum sentence were suspended in consideration of his cooperation. He’s agreed to return to Canada permanently after serving his sentence.

Caplin was extradited in 2015 in the Nashua deaths of 48-year-old Charlene Ranstrom and 32-year-old Brenda Warner. They were bound, beaten and stabbed to death in their home in 1988.

At the time, Caplin and Anthony Barnaby, both Canadian Micmac Indians, lived on the floor beneath the women. Charges against them were dropped due to suppressed evidence and mistrials. They were arrested again in 2011.

Barnaby is scheduled for trial on Aug. 28.