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Memorial Held For Officer John Maguire In Woburn

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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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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WOBURN (CBS) — Dozens gathered for a moment of silence for Officer Jack Maguire at the sight where the Woburn police officer was shot exactly one year ago. His widow Desiree was surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers, who came to show support.

“Jack went out a hero, and we’re here for the family,” said Tim Donovan, a Woburn detective. “The one thing it’s done for us it’s brought our department tighter together.”

Maguire, a father of three and 34-year veteran of the force, was responding to a jewelry burglary at Kohl’s in Woburn in the snowstorm the night after Christmas when he was shot and killed by convicted felon Dominic Cinelli.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

His brother, Chuck Maguire said, “He gets into this shooting match with the baddest of bads. That’s the tragic thing. This guy was so bad.”

The tragedy sparked outrage. Cinelli was out on parole after serving part of his life sentence. Chuck Maguire said, “I was just shocked by how they let this guy get out.”

After Maguire’s death, all five Parole Board members who released Cinelli resigned. Governor Patrick replaced the Parole Board members with people with a wider range of experience, including former prosecutor Josh Wall as Chairman, as well as a forensic psychologist and a corrections professional.

They have overhauled the system, to give board members more information and require more extensive hearings for people like Cinelli, who have life sentences with the possibility of parole.

Maguire’s family likes those changes, but says the state needs more parole reform. A bill is now in a conference committee. Chuck Maguire says he supports the current Senate bill. Prosecutors have written letters stating that the House bill wasn’t tough enough.

Chuck Maguire says, “The bottom lines is we want to keep the bad guys in jail. It’s not three strikes and youre done, it’s we want to keep the bad guys in jail.”

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