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Parole Board Questioned After Police Officer Killing

Police officers are demanding a review of the Mass. Parole Board's decision to release the man who shot and killed a Woburn police officer.

Officer John Maguire was killed while responding to a robbery at Kohl's department store on Sunday night.

In November 2008, the Parole Board unanimously approved the release of Dominic Cinelli, who had a record of armed robberies and other violent crimes going back to the the '70s. Some of these crimes were committed while on furlough or during an escape attempt.

Mark Leahy, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, says it is astounding Cinelli was released on parole, despite receiving three life sentences.

"People assume that a life sentence means a life sentence," said Leahy. "Well, in the business, we know otherwise. But certainly two life sentences, that must mean they're never going to get out. Here it's three and this is the person who murders the police officer."

Leahy says the Chiefs Association wants to know how closely Cinelli was supervised during parole and whether he received regular drug testing.

This program aired on December 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

David Boeri Twitter Senior Reporter
Now retired, David Boeri was a senior reporter at WBUR.

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