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February 16, 2011

Paroled murderer arrested again

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Doucette's most recent arrest also has violence at its center.

According to police, on Monday evening, a dispute between Doucette and his girlfriend was sparked at River Street Grille in Beverly, when Doucette walked in and grabbed his girlfriend's house keys.

Doucette's girlfriend left the bar, and she arrived at Doucette's residence before him, subsequently telling police she might have sideswiped a car on her way there.

The victim told police that, once Doucette showed up, he said she was not allowed inside. She said she leaned into Doucette's truck and grabbed his sweatshirt, pleading with him to let her in the house. Doucette, though, started to drive away while she was holding on, the victim told police.

At least one local lawmaker is saying it's high time that Doucette and other violent offenders are locked up for good when they're sentenced to life behind bars.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, is sponsoring a bipartisan bill along with Methuen Democrat Steven Baddour to reform parole in Massachusetts.

One aspect of the bill eliminates the possibility of parole for anyone serving more than one life sentence and makes prisoners serving one life sentence have to serve a minimum of 25 years instead of 15.

"You have someone who committed murder, armed home invasion, and even with that pattern of behavior he is granted parole, and this is inexplicable and inexcusable," Tarr said.

Staff writer Bruno Matarazzo Jr. can be reached at 978-338-2525 or by e-mail at bmatarazzo@salemnews.com.

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