Jul 1, 2015 11:31 PM
Justice served for family of George Jodoin
BRENTWOOD - A Manchester man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday at Rockingham County Superior Court.
Arthur Collins, 46, brutally killed George Jodoin the day after Christmas in 2001. Collins shot the Auburn man in the head three times and placed his body under the covers of his own bed before fleeing from Jodoin's house with the murder weapon.
During the commission of the crime, Collins stole cash from Jodoin's bedroom drawers. The Attorney General's office says money was the motive.
Many family members and friends spoke at the plea and sentencing hearing for Collins. Bob Jodoin, one of George's nine siblings, asked Collins if he is remorseful, and Collins nodded his head "yes."
"You ruined friendships and separated a great father from his kids," Bob Jodoin said. "You are a coward and you will have to think about this the rest of your life."
Bob Jodoin was referring to Rick Carron when he talked about separating a man from his children. Carron also spoke Wednesday, describing how his wife left him, taking their four children, because he was a suspect in the murder for over a decade.
Carron met George Jodoin in 1978. They were great friends, Carron said.
Carron showed Collins a sign with 3,794 on it, representing the number of days he was a suspect in his friend's killing.
"Many, many nights. Hundreds of nights. I would lay in bed and turn, missing my children," Carron told NH1 News after the sentencing hearing.
He added that it is still difficult for him to be around family members of Jodoin. Many of them also suspected he had something to do with Jodoin's death.
"They don't know what to say to me. They don't know how to say it," Carron said. "You just don't know how to do that part of your life."
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin talked about how the cold case was solved. He said detectives focused on the three men who were with Jodoin before his demise.
"We really narrowed it down to, 'Who do we think the people were that last saw him alive?'" Strelzin said. "Obviously, there could have been a fourth person and an unknown killer, but that's rare in New Hampshire. Fortunately, or unfortunately, most people are killed by people they know."
Collins was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for his crimes. Since he pleaded guilty, he gave up his right to an appeal.
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