BOSTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney says the office would have objected to parole for a career criminal who fatally shot a Woburn police officer, but they were never notified of his parole hearing.

John Grossman, the state’s undersecretary of public safety and security, tells The Boston Globe that two Parole Board employees assigned to notify prosecutors before Dominic Cinelli’s parole hearing in 2008 failed to do so.

The reasons are unclear.

Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered a review of the decision to parole Cinelli in March 2009.

Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin talks to WBZ Radio producer Jon MacLean

Authorities say the 57-year-old Cinelli shot and killed 60-year-old Officer John Maguire during a robbery at a Woburn department store Monday. Cinelli was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

The district attorney’s office had strongly objected to Cinelli’s release at prior parole hearings.

In 2005, the District Attorney’s office submitted a letter that strongly opposed freeing Cinelli.

Boston defense attorney Al Johnson talks to WBZ’s Radio’s Rod Fritz

A wake for John Maguire is scheduled Thursday at the Dello Russo Funeral Home in Woburn with a planned uniformed law enforcement “walk-by” set to begin around 2 p.m. A funeral is planned Friday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Eli Orkin says:

    Yet another example of why the death penalty should be brought back to MA! I’m sure he would’ve gotten that, rather than his three life sentences, and this tragedy would never have occurred.

  2. John Joseph Grimes says:

    First of all, he would have never received the death penalty, if there was one, because as far as we know, he never killed anyone. The parole board made up their own minds on this case and they didn’t want anyone to know. Their decision cost an innocent police officer his life. Their idea of “liberal thought” has resulted in this tragedy. Does the name Willie Horton sound familiar?

  3. Emmy says:

    What’s happening to our country when a violent career criminal serving 3 life sentences is paroled in 2009 and in 2010 goes out to commit another crime and ends up killing a beloved Woburn, MA police officer! Are you kidding me?!!! Where is the justice here. What’s happening in our courts? Then CNN reports on 2 Mississippi sisters have been in jail for 16 years after stealing $11. What’s up with that?!!! Where is the justice here? Are we turning into a 3rd world country in our courts, too?

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