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The Brotherhood

The Brotherhood: Randall “Pitbull” Chapman of Somersworth

Randall Chapman.

(Courtesy photo)

Randall Chapman. (Courtesy photo)

Randall “Pitbull” Chapman, as he’s identified in court records, broke the law of the Brotherhood of White Warriors in 2010 while serving a prison sentence for armed robbery. Now the former BOWW member is serving his parole out of state because gang leadership has ordered Chapman be “terminated on sight” for helping law enforcement, according to court records.

Chapman, 36, was serving a 2½- to seven-year prison sentence for a 2010 armed robbery in Somersworth when he followed orders and helped clean up blood after inmate Anthony Renzzulla was fatally beaten.

According to a police affidavit, Renzzulla’s beating had been ordered by BOWW prison leaders who suspected Renzzulla was a snitch.

Chapman didn’t participate in the attack on Renzzulla, and he had told BOWW members before the attack that he didn’t think Renzzulla was the snitch they imagined, according to the affidavit. But after the beating, Chapman helped move Renzzulla’s body out of sight of prison officials, the affidavit said. He also mopped up Renzzulla’s blood. He was ordered to do both things by BOWW prison leader Frank Philbrook, 44, according to the document.

Last year, Chapman pleaded guilty to falsifying physical evidence for his role in cleaning the crime scene and received a prison sentence of one to five years.

When other BOWW members learned Chapman had pleaded guilty, they assumed he was cooperating with the authorities to implicate them, according to the affidavit. He wasn’t. But BOWW retaliated by issuing the “terminate on sight,” or “TOS,” against Chapman, according to the document.

After his plea agreement, Chapman did provide the authorities assistance in their investigation, the court records say.

“Although Chapman had in fact not cooperated with the investigators, the ‘TOS’ directive placed against him in large part provided the impetus for the assistance that he ultimately gave,” wrote state police detective Sgt. Jeffrey Ladieu in the affidavit.

Prison officials moved Chapman out of state for the rest of his prison sentence, said prison spokesman Jeff Lyons. Lyons could not say why, but said generally inmates are relocated for their own safety or if they are a threat to others.

A year ago, after serving six months for his role in the Renzzulla case, Chapman asked a Merrimack County Superior Court judge to suspend the rest of his sentence. He and his lawyer, Charles Temple of Concord, cited a state law that allows prisoners to get a sentence reduction in exchange for “substantial assistance” in a serious felony investigation.

Judge Richard McNamara granted the request and Chapman was paroled in October 2012. He did not attend or participate in his parole hearing. He is serving his parole outside the state, and prison officials declined to disclose where.

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