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February 20, 2013

Parole revoked for killer

Doucette poses 'risk of violence,' board finds

BEVERLY — An admitted killer whose release in 2007 sparked outrage will spend at least another five years in prison, after the state Parole Board voted unanimously to revoke Charles “Chucky” Doucette’s parole.

Doucette “was the beneficiary of a generous parole decision by a previous Parole Board,” Chairman Josh Wall wrote in a decision released yesterday by the Essex County district attorney’s office. Despite that, Doucette apparently flouted his parole status and “always seems to have his own agenda,” which did not include rehabilitation, the board found.

The board voted to bar Doucette from applying again for parole for five years.

While out on parole, Doucette was arrested twice, on a 2008 rape charge that was later dismissed and a domestic abuse incident two years ago for which he was later found not guilty. But his parole officer had described him as “difficult to supervise” throughout that time, pointing to Doucette’s failure to attend Alcoholics Anonymous consistently or to hold a steady job, and to his troubled relationships with women.

“He is clear that he intends to follow his own rules rather than meet the requirements of parole or the expectations of his parole officer,” Wall wrote for the board. “With that mindset and his history of violent crime, Doucette presents an unacceptable risk for violence.”

Doucette, following a series of procedural issues in his case, including a motion for a new trial, finally pleaded guilty in 1991 to the 1987 execution-style shooting of Raymond Bufalino.

Bufalino, 30, worked at a Salem Texaco gas station owned by Doucette’s father in the late 1980s. Bufalino was injured on the job, but Doucette’s father lacked workers’ compensation insurance and Bufalino was considering a lawsuit. Doucette also claimed that Bufalino owed him money.

The two men were in Bufalino’s car on Harmony Grove Road in Salem when Doucette shot him twice in the head — a shooting that Doucette still insists was accidental. One bullet entered behind Bufalino’s ear and the other through his mouth. Doucette claims the gun went off when Bufalino hit his hand but offers no explanation for the second shot other than to say, “I wasn’t thinking.”

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