The Brotherhood: Matthew Peters of Concord
Matthew Peters, 22, of Concord has brought the Brotherhood of White Warriors more attention than most of his fellow BOWW members, largely because of his relationship with Peggy Sinclair, his former fifth-grade teacher at Broken Ground Elementary School.
The two were living together in a Highland Street apartment before Peters was imprisoned in May on criminal charges, and Sinclair, 50, has been described in a police affidavit as being “one of” Peters’s girlfriends. Peters was already a member of BOWW when he and Sinclair moved in together; he has the BOWW tattoo on his arm and the words “White Warrior” inked across his stomach, according to Merrimack County jail records.
Peters has kept the authorities busy this year.
In February, he and his BOWW superior, Daniel Boothby, both armed with handguns, robbed, assaulted and kidnapped a 36-year-old man they knew as he drove through Concord with $5,000 to $10,000 of heroin, according to the police. The Concord police said Peters and Boothby had targeted the man in defense of BOWW.
According to a police affidavit, the victim had called the group “Brotherhood of Wonder Woman” and had a beef with Peters because Peters had sold a large amount of marijuana in front of his 13-year-old daughter.
Boothby pleaded guilty in October to multiple charges related to the assault in exchange for a 7½- to 30-year prison sentence. Peters is awaiting trial on charges of robbery, first-degree assault, criminal threatening, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery.
A fourth person, Margo McNair, 37, of Concord was also charged with two drug offenses. She was driving the van and was working with Peters and Boothby, with whom she’d had relationships, to set up the victim, according to court records.
McNair was convicted of controlling a vehicle that contained drugs. The victim was charged with possession of illegal drugs, but a Merrimack County grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict him.
In April, before the police charged Peters in connection with the armed robbery, he and Sinclair were stopped in Canterbury for illegal passing. Peters was driving and was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug after the police discovered he had marijuana and cocaine in the car, according to court records.
Peters returned to prison on parole violations after the car stop and is awaiting trial.
Last month, he was indicted on new charges that allege he, with Sinclair’s help, twice conspired to smuggle drugs into the state prison. At Peters’s direction, Sinclair mailed envelopes containing the drug Suboxone to him and another inmate, according to the police. Prison officials intercepted both mailings before they reached inmates.
These were not Peters’s first brushes with the law.
In March 2010, Peters was arrested after he punched and kicked a 26-year-old man at the 7-Eleven on Loudon Road, according to court records. The victim was treated at Concord Hospital and Peters was charged with second-degree assault.
In 2009, when he was 18, Peters made the news when he stabbed Michael Guglielmo several times inside a Concord apartment that Guglielmo owned. Peters later told the police he was acting in self-defense. He said he pulled the knife only after Guglielmo confronted him and several friends about allegedly breaking into an office on the property.
The police charged Guglielmo, who was on parole from prison, with assault for repeatedly punching Peters first.
Three months later, it was Peters who was charged with assault, after he “sucker punched” a man in an East Side Drive parking lot, according to court records. Peters told his girlfriend at the time not to talk with the police or he’d assault the man again, according to the records.
Peters was convicted of second-degree assault and criminal threatening in that case.
It’s a different path from what Peters seemed poised for in 2003, the first time he appeared in a Monitor news story.
Then 12, Peters, his cousin and a friend spotted a fire in an East Concord apartment building and asked a passer-by to call for help. While help was on the way, Peters and his cousin entered the building and knocked on doors to alert residents, according the story.
Peters did not return a request for an interview.