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Court overturns Jay Procopio’s guilty plea years later

A former Woburn man who protested his innocence even as a judge sentenced him to life behind bars for murdering his infant son won a key legal victory Friday that could free him from state prison where he has been incarcerated for nearly 20 years.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that Jay Procopio should not have been allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in Middlesex Superior Court on April 22, 1993, ­before now-retired Superior Court Judge Katherine Liacos Izzo.

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