To those who doubt the do gooders will want violent criminals eventually released...
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that offenders younger than 18 couldn't be sentenced to death, arguing that juveniles are generally less culpable than adults because they are less mature, more impulsive and more susceptible to peer pressure. By the same unassailable logic, the court should hold that sentencing young murderers to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment.
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And killers who were released and killed again...
Domenic Cinelli was out on parole when he killed a Woburn police officer on the day after Christmas. Fox 25 has now learned he's not the only paroled criminal in Massachusetts who got out and killed again after being let out of prison.
Two more cases have now come to our attention. All three of these cases have taken place in the span of about 14 months.
The first is one a lot of people will remember. A man named Edward Corliss is going on trial for the murder of Surendra Dangol.
Dangol was the Tedeschi store clerk in Jamaica Plain who was killed after Corliss allegedly put on a woman's wig and demanded money from Dangol. After Corliss got the money, he allegedly shot Dangol in the chest anyway and killed him. Corliss was a convicted killer released from prison on parole when he allegedly committed the crime. He is currently awaiting trial.
The second incident involves a man named Trevor Higgins who was arrested for shooting and killing 39-year-old Carl Bonnie in November 2009 in Boston. Higgins had recently been released from prison early for good conduct after being convicted of killing a man in Springfield during a drug-related incident.
So that's three - two who were convicted killers and Cinelli who was a convicted violent offender who were let out early, only to commit crimes all over again
And the U.S. isn't the only country that has escaped killers who kill again...Parole Board wants to forecast who will kill again
Quadruple homicide in Northampton has state parole board trying to predict which inmates might kill again.
July 03, 2010|By Matt Assad, OF THE MORNING CALL
A year rarely goes by when the Pennsylvania parole board doesn't come under fire because someone it let out early has killed again.
In 2008, inmates released long before their maximum sentences expired killed two police officers in Philadelphia, last year one killed a Pittsburgh police officer, and eight days ago a murderer who was twice paroled allegedly slaughtered four people in Northampton.
John Thomas Straffen (27 February 1930 – 19 November 2007) was a British serial killer who was the longest-serving prisoner in British legal history. Straffen killed two young girls in the summer of 1951. He was found to be unfit to plead and committed to Broadmoor Hospital; during a brief escape in 1952 he killed again.