‘Melissa’s bill’ signed in nearly private ceremony

MILTON — Kneeling at the grave of his murdered daughter, Les Gosule held out the pen used by the governor Thursday to sign the crime bill named in her honor and whispered, “This is for you.”

The 1999 slaying of Melissa Gosule provided the impetus for the years-long drive to pass legislation known as “Melissa’s bill,” which removes the possibility of parole for certain repeat criminal offenders. Governor Deval Patrick, who had expressed reservations about the bill, signed it in a quiet, nearly private ceremony at the State House.

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