Mass Chiefs of Police call for review of Parole Board decision to release accused cop killer

The group that represents Massachusetts Chiefs of Police has asked the state to begin a review of the Parole Board’s decision to free Dominic Cinelli in 2008 even though he was in the midst of serving three life sentences.


Authorities say Cinelli fatally shot John Maguire, a 34-year veteran officer of the Woburn police, after Cinelli helped rob the jewelry section of Kohl’s department store in the midst of the snowstorm Sunday night. Cinelli was killed during a shootout with police.

From 1976 to his release, Cinelli had been serving multiple sentences, including three concurrent life sentences for convictions for armed and unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and other offenses, according to the parole board’s decision.

The board voted 6-0 to parole him, concluding that he had made strides in prison by combating substance abuse and participating in violence-prevention programs, and had avoided disciplinary problems in prison for nearly a decade.

“We have somebody who was serving three life sentences, with a history of a very violent career criminal, and this is the person that took the life of one of our police officers,’’ Northborough Police Chief Mark K. Leahy, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said in an interview with The Boston Globe.

John Grossman, the undersecretary of public safety and security, told the Globe that the Patrick administration instructed the Parole Board to carry out the review.

“We’re doing a complete look at what happened, and whatever amount of time it takes to do it right, we’re going to take,’’ he was quoted by The Globe as saying.

For a related article go to Massachusetts Police Legal News:

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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