Boston: Gov. sends crime bill back to Legislature

Gov. Deval Patrick has sent a crime bill back to the Legislature because he wants a what he calls a “safety valve” added to the three strikes provision.

The bill that lawmakers approved earlier this month would bar parole for career criminals after a third violent crime.

It’s also known as Melissa’s Law, named for Melissa Gosule, who was murdered in 1999 in Halifax by a repeat offender.

Her father, Les Gosule, told WATD he believes lawmakers will get a bill the governor will sign

The governor wants to give state judges limited discretion to allow career criminals to be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of the maximum prison sentence, or after serving 25 years of a life sentence.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.