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Gov. Patrick: Don’t Rush Blame In Officer’s Death

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Woburn Police Officer John Maguire was killed in the line of duty by a parolee on December 26, 2010. (credit: Woburn Police Dept.)

Woburn Police Officer John Maguire was killed in the line of duty by a parolee on December 26, 2010. (credit: Woburn Police Dept.)

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s waiting for a report from his public safety undersecretary before passing judgment on the decision to parole a career criminal police say shot and killed Woburn officer John Maguire.

Patrick said Monday he hasn’t watched a tape of 57-year-old Dominic Cinelli’s 2008 parole board hearing and warned against a rush to recrimination. He said the focus should be on Maguire’s grieving family.

WBZ’s Jon Keller reports.

Investigators say Cinelli shot 60-year-old Maguire after a jewelry heist Dec. 26. Cinelli was fatally shot by police. He was paroled from three concurrent life sentences for crimes including an armed robbery when a guard was wounded.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said his reaction would be to ban parole for anyone serving multiple life sentences. Republicans say they’ll push for a law to keep violent repeat offenders in prison.

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