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Governor Patrick Signs Crime Bill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a crime bill with a so-called three strikes provision.     WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   A spokesman said Gov Patrick signed the bill Thursday morning in a private ceremony in his office.  The bill, which bars parole  after a  person’s third  conviction for a serious violent crime, had been a  point of conflict between the Governor and legislators.  Patrick announced on the last day of the legislative session he would sign the  bill  thus avoiding a veto showdown.

   Present for the bill signing was a leading crime victim’s advocate, Les Gosule. His daughter Mellissa was raped and murdered in 1999 by a man who had 27 prior convictions.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.