A Lawrence man convicted of second-degree murder in the April 1992 beating of a homeless man has been denied parole after it was argued that he still blames the victim and doesn’t accept accountability. Roberto Gomez, 44, was charged with killing Walter Lake, then 40, by beating him with a copper pipe. According to reports, Gomez had been in an altercation with Lake and some other homeless men a week prior to the murder, during which the men threw Gomez into the river near the Central Bridge. On April 13, 1992, Gomez sought out Lake and beat him; Lake died from his injuries the next day. Gomez is not eligible for parole again until 2016.
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