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Healey to appeal dismissal of charges in Holyoke Soldiers' Home case

Holyoke Soldiers' Home
Holyoke Soldiers' Home

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced her office will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss all criminal charges against two former administrators at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where at least 76 veterans died last year in a COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement Tuesday, Healey said “The tragic loss of life at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home broke the promise that our Commonwealth would honor these men who bravely served our country. We are filing this notice of appeal today to pursue accountability on behalf of their loved ones and communities.”

A grand jury last year indicted former superintendent Bennett Walsh and former medical director Dr. David Clinton on ten counts each.

Last month, Hampden Superior Court Judge Edward McDonough dismissed the charges, ruling there was “insufficient reasonably trustworthy evidence.”

William Bennett, an attorney for Walsh, reserved comment until the motion for an appeal is filed and he can review it.

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.
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