Report: 11 Mass. Convicts Serving Life Sentences To Be Paroled

WOBURN (CBS) – One year ago Monday, Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire was shot and killed by an armed robber out on parole. A year later, potentially dangerous convicts on parole continue to be a concern.

Dominic Cinelli, who had been sentenced to three life sentences, was out on parole when he shot and killed Officer Maguire during a botched robery at a Kohl’s store on Dec. 26, 2010.

The case led Gov. Deval Patrick to force five members of the state’s parole board to resign and then name a new parole chief.

woburnofficer Report: 11 Mass. Convicts Serving Life Sentences To Be Paroled

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

But according to the Boston Herald, the new board has voted to parole 11 convicts serving life sentences. Their releases are still being processed.

Meanwhile, 37 percent of lifers who were released on parole in 2010 were re-arrested, the report said.

Also, of the 336 total lifers out on parole, there are warrants out for the arrests of 25 of them, the Herald reported.

  • blackbear1

    Where is my comment/posting?? Did someone at wbz eat it? Come on now that is not right. This parole board issue is worth commenting on. Wonder if the gov. had any input into this new board perhaps picking up where the other left off? Please post this like you should!! Not the first time comments have been “dissed”.

  • Meg

    I don’t understand….what is the point of a life sentence if it isn’t a life sentence??? There are very good reasons that each of these convicts received such extreme sentences! Why a parole board even sees cases for lifers is COMPLETELY beyond me.

    • fred

      Do we have to have a ballot initiative that states a sentence can not say the word “LIFE” unless it truly is a life sentence with no chance of parole? What is wrong with demanding that words mean what they say. We must be so used to politicans lying to us that we don’t even bat an eye when we know they’re lying. A 37% recidivism rate is far too high. Any of those released who commit even a petty crime may go back for life so i think they may be more dangerous – they will commit murder again to avoid being caught.

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