The SJC also concluded that its decision would be applied retroactively and that the offenders will receive immediate parole eligibility if they have served at least 15 years — even as legislators discuss proposals to create a longer period of time for parole eligibility.
Conceivably, said the district attorney, some killers found guilty of first-degree murder as juveniles could end up doing less time than an adult convicted of second-degree murder, which has long carried parole eligibility at 15 years, or even manslaughter, which carries up to a 20-year sentence.
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Eligible for parole These are some of the teen killers who could win parole following Tuesday's SJC ruling. Alfred Brown of Topsfield was 15 when he shot his parents, Wilfred and Yoshika Brown, and his sister, Dorina, shortly after his mother asked to see his report card in January 1978. Brown used a rifle his father had given to him as a gift to kill them all in the family's home. John Jones was 17 when he and a 16-year-old co-defendant planned to rob and kill Donald Pinkham on "Dead Man's Way" in Gloucester in October 1982. Pinkham was burned and bludgeoned with a rock during the attack. Jose Tevenal was 16 when he took part in the robbery of a Lawrence cab driver in February 1985. After being handed some money by the cab driver, Tevenal fired six shots into the driver's head, killing him. Joshua Halbert and John Nichypor were teenagers who, along with a third teen, Kevin Pierce, went to the Gloucester home of 38-year-old David McLane in September 1988, with the intention of "rolling" him because of McLane's sexual orientation. They beat him and slashed his throat. Richard Baldwin was a 16-year-old who had recently moved from Groveland to Peabody when he asked a friend to help him persuade Beth Brodie, 16, a girl he'd dated a few times, to go out with him again. On Nov. 18, 1992, Baldwin entered Brodie's home in Groveland, then attacked her with a baseball bat, striking her twice in the head. Jamie Fuller was 16 when he lured his girlfriend, 14-year-old Amy Carnevale, to the rear of the Memorial Middle School in Beverly, where he stabbed her, slashed her throat and stomped on her head in August 1991. He then enlisted friends to help him dump Carnevale's body, weighted down with cinder blocks, in Shoe Pond. Christopher Berry was 16 when, after a night of drinking and drug use, he was kicked out of his family's Saugus home in 1987. He broke into the home of a neighbor, an 87-year-old widow, and stabbed her multiple times. Before he left, he put out a cigarette on her forehead. Compiled from court decisions and newspaper accounts.