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March 6, 2014

Ex-Swampscott cop denied parole in 1987 slaying


Landry was found face down in a pool of blood in the basement of his home the following day by a neighbor who went to check on him after he failed to show up for work for a couple of days.

Crotty’s conviction on second-degree murder made him eligible for parole after serving 15 years, but his two prior bids for parole, in 2003 and 2008, were also rejected.

Several friends and family members of Landry spoke in opposition to Crotty’s parole, as did an assistant district attorney.

Prosecutor Elin Graydon noted that Crotty has long fought the case against him, pleading guilty only after losing a motion to suppress evidence, then, 23 years later filing a motion for a new trial, claiming his attorney at the time was “ineffective.”

Crotty’s lawyer back in 1987 and 1988 was John Jennings, considered at the time to be the leading defense attorney in Essex County.

Crotty has also challenged his prior denials of parole in court, contending that he’s improperly been held to a higher standard than other convicted killers because of his past role as a police officer.

The Parole Board also concluded that Crotty has opted to work at a prison job rather than take part in rehabilitative programs.

The board ruled that Crotty can try again for parole in three years.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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