By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

HOLLISTON (CBS) – A man convicted of killing a police officer pleaded for freedom today in a room full of the victim’s friends, family, and fellow officers.

“I am very sorry for the loss,” said Rolando Jiminez. His mother wept as he said at 54-years-old, he is a different man than the one he was when he shot and killed Holliston Police Officer John Johnson back in 1981. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder.

Johnson’s son spoke before the parole board. “We lost John’s mother, my grandmother a couple years ago,” he said through tears. “She, along with my mother…have done their best to tell the younger generation about what a wonderful person John Johnson was.”

It was the fourth time Jiminez has been up for parole, but the first time he admitted to pulling the trigger. He described how Johnson pulled him over in a stolen car. He said he wrestled the officer’s gun from him as they struggled, and shot him with it. “I pulled the trigger 3, 4 times,” he said.

Parole board members questioned him. “Why did it take you almost 20 years to say, ‘I pulled that trigger,'” asked Sheila Dupre. “We don’t know what to believe,” said Charlene Bonner. The board is expected to hand over a decision in a couple months.



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