Kneeling at the grave of his murdered daughter, Les Gosule held out the pen used by the governor 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 drive to pass legislation known as “Melissa’s bill,” which removes the possibility of parole for certain repeat offenders. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill in a quiet ceremony at the State House.
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