Former state senator Anthony Galluccio has been granted parole that will become effective July 14, provided he meets certain conditions, a state official said today.
A single member of the Massachusetts Parole Board decided Thursday to approve the release of Galluccio, who had been sentenced to one year in the Middlesex House of Correction in January after he was found to have consumed alcohol while on probation.In his one-page, one-paragraph order, Cesar Archilla briefly described Galluccio's behavior behind bars.
"... Subject continues to address alcohol issues & causative factors, engaged in AA and as a facilitator, expresses remorse and additional reflection on abstinence issues, no disciplinary issues, positive attitude regarding ongoing treatment and counseling,' he wrote.
He then added, in broad terms, the conditions that Galluccio must meet before he can be freed. Galluccio, he wrote, "would benefit from supervised release, strong post-release plan and support."
Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, said today that parole officials will test Galluccio for alcohol and drugs regularly after he is freed using a portable alcohol-screening device and urinalysis.
Galluccio must attend AA meetings at least three times a week and undergo counseling for substance abuse.
On May 14, Archilla denied a previous request for parole by Galluccio, who resigned from the Senate in disgrace after he was imprisoned. Although Galluccio had participated in programs in jail, Archilla wrote, ``there remains a public safety concern'' because of his drunken driving convictions and driving history.
Archilla also wrote that Galluccio admitted to alcohol abuse ``yet distinguishes that from `alcoholism.'''
Galluccio pleaded guilty last year to hit and run charges stemming from an Oct. 4 crash in Cambridge in which he plowed into a minivan carrying a family of four, and then sped off. A Cambridge police report revealed that police gave Galluccio a ride home 13 hours before the crash because officers believed he was too drunk to drive.
Galluccio, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was sentenced to one year of home confinement and required to have his alcohol use monitored by blowing into a device installed in his home by the state probation department.
Three days after its installation, Galluccio failed a breath test, which he blamed on his excessive use that day of toothpaste. But Cambridge District Court Judge Matthew Nestor rejected that claim and ordered him to start serving the one-year sentence.
"He didn't last a week,'' Nestor said from the bench in January as he ordered Galluccio to be imprisoned.
Galluccio resigned his seat three days later, issuing a public apology to his constituents.
"I want to apologize for my actions in early October, and I accept full responsibility for them," Galluccio wrote in his resignation letter. "I want to thank you for your candid conversations which helped narrow my focus to eliminating alcohol permanently and pursuing counseling and treatment."
Since his imprisonment, Galluccio has been before the parole board twice. His first request for release turned down, but his second was approved.
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