Parolee robbed bank day after release

A New Hampshire man is expected to return soon to the Granite State, where he is accused of robbing a bank one day after being paroled from state prison, officials said.

Eric D. Lord appeared in Leominster District Court Monday, where he was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail as a fugitive from justice, said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office.

Lord, 43, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police in Leominster Sunday amid concerns that he was planning to rob a Bay State bank, but Early’s office said Lord will not face any charges in Massachusetts.


New Hampshire authorities said Lord was paroled from the state prison system Feb. 20 and allegedly robbed a bank in New Ipswich one day later. New Ipswich police were searching for him when he was found in Massachusetts.

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During his appearance in court Monday, Lord told the judge that he would not fight his return to New Hampshire, according to broadcast reports. He also turned to the television camera in the newsroom and apologized to relatives.

In 2011, Lord was serving a prison term for burglary in New Hampshire. He was allowed to leave prison to go home wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet that year, authorities said.

Officials said he was captured one day after violation of the electronic monitoring rules, which was deemed an escape. Lord was convicted in 2012 of escape and was given a prison sentence of one to three years, officials said.

In 2013, he was paroled by the New Hampshire Parole Board, but was returned to prison after about three months when he failed to report to his parole officer, officials said.


Lord was paroled Friday after spending 90 days behind bars, officials said Monday.

He is expected to return to the state prison system for a new set of parole violations, but is also facing prosecution on bank robbery charges, officials said.

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