The Massachusetts Parole Board unanimously voted to grant parole to William Allen, who served 28 years in prison for participating in an armed robbery in Brockton, where his friend stabbed a man to death.
Allen, whose release was supported by a number of supporters, including New England Patriots player Devin McCourty, was serving a life sentence without parole until Governor Charlie Baker commuted his sentence in February with the option of parole.
Allen then appeared before the probation committee for a March 31 hearing, and the council made a decision on Wednesday. In a written statement of its decision, the six-member probation commission said that Allen “has taken extraordinary steps toward self-improvement” and has “demonstrated significant commitment to numerous rehabilitation programs, all of which occurred prior to any possibility of parole.”
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