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Cop’s murder renews call for parole reform

For 10 years, Les Gosule has struggled to make sure what happened to his daughter doesn’t happen again.

For 10 years, Les Gosule has struggled to make sure what happened to his daughter doesn’t happen again.

Melissa Gosule was a 27-year-old Boston teacher when she was raped and killed by a repeat criminal offender in 1999.

So when her father heard that a career criminal with more than 70 entries on his rap sheet was out on parole when he gunned down Woburn police officer John Maguire last week, he grew angry.

“I heard it and I read it. I was swearing at the newspaper,” Gosule said. “I said, ‘Why in God’s name is this happening again.’”

For the past decade, he’s tried to work with state leaders to pass Melissa’s Bill, legislation named for his daughter that would force judges to impose the maximum sentences for offenders with three felony convictions. It would also remove parole eligibility for persons convicted under the law.

The legislation has been filed multiple times throughout the past decade.

At the State House yesterday, Gosule pleaded for members of the Judiciary Committee to take action on the legislation.

“How many chances is somebody going to have?”

Release under review

Officer John Maguire’s killer, Dominic Cinelli, was serving three life sentences when he was released on parole in 2009, a decision that is being reviewed by the Executive Office of Public Safety. The Parole Board met yesterday and Chairman Mark Conrad made a brief comment about the incident.

“This board is going to conduct business as we normally do, but ... our heart goes out to the Maguire family,” Conrad said.

 
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