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Police: Convicted murderer arrested scalping tickets outside Fenway
By John R. Ellement and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
A 62-year-old man was arrested outside Fenway Park on Wednesday night after police said he tried to sell an $85 Red Sox ticket to an undercover officer for $150.
It was not the first time Michael B. Corradino Jr. had been arrested. On Feb. 27, 1974, a jury convicted him of second-degree murder for shooting a man twice in the head who he had accused of cheating him at blackjack. The conviction carried an automatic sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
According to the state Department of Correction, Corradino made parole on Oct. 29, 2002. Additional details about his sentence and release were not immediately available.
Today in Boston Municipal Court, Corradino was arraigned on charges of resale of tickets by an owner, peddling without a license, and occupying a street for release of tickets. According to a police report, two plain clothes officers walking on Brookline Avenue at 6 p.m. heard a man yell "tickets." Officers arrested the man, who police identified as Corradino, after he tried to sell the ticket for the seat in the right field outfield for $150.
In his pockets, Corradino also had $608 in cash; two tickets to a Red Sox game against the New York Yankees on June 2; three tickets for a Toronto Blue Jays game on July 13; and 16 tickets for Wednesday night's Celtics game against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to the police report.
In the early 1970s, Corradino ran an after-hour gambling club in Chelsea, according to newspaper accounts. On May 6, 1973, Corradino got in a fight over a blackjack game with a construction worker named Michael Barry, 26. One of the witnesses who testified at trial was Carmino "Bobby" Palermo, who told the jury he heard a commotion at about 6:30 or 7 a.m.
"I heard Michael Barry say, 'I'll break your head. You owe me money,' " Palermo said.
Witnesses testified that Corradino shot Barry twice in the head with a .25-caliber pistol. His body was dumped in a gutter on Carter Street in Chelsea.