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Mass. gives first-of-its-kind parole approval

Eventual release for man convicted of murder as juvenile

The Massachusetts Parole Board, for the first time in its history, approved Thursday the eventual release of a man convicted as a juvenile of first-degree murder, in a decision that was hailed by advocates but that outraged family and friends of the victims of a 1994 double slaying in Brockton.

The board, in a 6-to-0 vote, found that Frederick Christian, now 37, is a “suitable candidate for parole,” the first of as many as 65 inmates in Massachusetts convicted of first-degree murder as teenagers who are or will become eligible to seek their release under two recent court decisions.

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