BOSTON (CBS) – Convicted rapist Ben LaGuer, who was briefly released from prison earlier this year, died at a Massachusetts hospital Wednesday in Department of Correction custody.

In February, the Parole Board granted LaGuer compassionate release due to terminal liver cancer.

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Benjamin LaGuer. (WBZ-TV file image)

Less than one month later, he was back behind bars after violating conditions of his release.

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LaGuer died at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital on Wednesday in custody of the Department of Corrections.

He was 20 years old when he was convicted in 1984 of a brutal rape and beating of a woman in Leominster. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, but Laguer maintained his innocence. He was convicted by an all-white jury and there were a number of questions about the evidence including DNA.

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Over the years Laguer had the support of several high-profile people including former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. But, Laguer was denied parole twice and he served more than 35 years in prison.