Concord mother pleads guilty to gang-related assault
A 37-year-old Concord mother accused of helping two white supremacist gang members devise and carry out an armed robbery last year in south Concord pleaded guilty yesterday to a pair of felony charges connected to the episode.
As part of a deal negotiated with county prosecutors, Margo McNair pleaded guilty to the charges – conspiracy to commit armed robbery and falsifying evidence – in exchange for a fully suspended 3½- to seven-year prison sentence and three years probation. Assistant Merrimack County Attorney George Waldron said after the hearing that McNair had a minimal criminal record, including a few misdemeanors. She is also expected to testify during the trial of Matthew Peters, one of the two men involved.
The second man, Daniel Boothby, with whom McNair had a relationship, according to a police affidavit, pleaded guilty to several charges in October in exchange for a 7½- to 30-year prison sentence.
The robbery occurred about 10 p.m. Feb. 1 on Reddington Road. The police said Boothby and Peters, both of Concord, intercepted a van carrying various drugs that McNair was driving with a male passenger. Boothby and Peters, members of a state prison gang called the Brotherhood of White Warriors, knew to wait for the vehicle because McNair was feeding them her location via text messages, according to the police.
Armed with handguns, the men entered the van and Boothby pistol-whipped the passenger, Waldron said yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court. Peters held his gun on McNair to conceal her role in the robbery, the police said.
Prosecutors have said the vehicle contained between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of heroin. According to a police affidavit, Boothby and Peters intended to steal the drugs partly to punish the male passenger for allegedly deriding their gang as the “Brotherhood of Wonder Woman.”
But the plan went awry when Boothby tried to take the wheel and the victim escaped through a side door and sprinted off down the street. The police soon responded, and McNair later admitted to them that she had helped arrange the attack. In pleading yesterday to the falsifying evidence charge, she admitted to having deleted text messages sent to Peters that detailed the arrangement, Waldron said.
McNair declined to comment yesterday on the sentence.
(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)