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Two had a NH history before brutal Bedford attack
Nearly three years earlier, the Worcester, Mass., pair navigated their way across the New Hampshire border. Relying on a GPS system to locate homes in Rye, they committed a series of home invasions in occupied homes the night of Dec. 5-6, 2009. Both men served time in state prison for the crimes and are on parole.
It also coincided with Sonia Quesada's death inside her mother-in-law's home, at 9 Kensington Lane, Bedford. Police were called to the condominium that morning to check on Dr. Quesada and his wife. They found Dr. Quesada unconscious, his wife dead and a pile of prescription drugs nearby.
Normil was arrested in mid-January, then indicted by an Essex County (Mass.) grand jury Feb. 21 on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of property worth over $250.
On April 12, Bedford police obtained an arrest warrant against Normil charging him with two counts each of attempted murder and first-degree assault and one count each of forcible rape, burglary and falsifying physical evidence.
A second suspect, whom authorities would not identify, is being detained on federal charges out of U.S. District Court in New Hampshire. Officials would not comment on his alleged role in the case or discuss charges against him.
FBI Supervisory Agent for New Hampshire Kieran L. Ramsey said he "could neither confirm nor deny any charges against any of the people you discussed."
All charges against Lamontagne in the Methuen case were dropped in March when he was remanded to U.S. Marshals.
"They are following every lead and getting everything done correctly," LaFrance said.
The FBI's Ramsey said "that investigation, as a whole, is a very slow, deliberate, yet methodical, investigation."
Normil visited Lamontagne at the house Lamontagne rented in Milford "maybe like three times" from the time he moved in with his girlfriend last September or October to when Lamontagne "went to prison about two to three months ago," said Tiana Mead. Mead's mother sublet the second floor of her house, on Westchester Street, to the couple.
She said Milford police and State Police have since spoken with her and her mother, specifically asking questions about Lamontagne and about Normil's alleged role in the Bedford home invasion.
Mead said a "disagreement" prompted her mother to evict Lamontagne and his girlfriend before Lamontagne went to prison.
Nathan Lamontagne's boss at SH Tree Service in Goffstown said Lamontagne worked for him from late November or early December until January, when he said Lamontagne called him from jail to say he had been arrested.
Herfon said Lamontagne often talked about growing up in Massachusetts and moved to Milford to be with his girlfriend.
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