SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The Essex District Attorney says an inmate convicted of killing a man who tried to rescue a neighbor has been denied parole.
District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Wednesday that Frank Lanza fatally stabbed 28-year-old James Paradis of Lynn when he tried to help a woman Lanza was threatening with a knife in 1987. Paradis was honored after his death with a Carnegie Hero Medal.
The prosecutor said Lanza broke into a Lynn apartment, intending to steal money and drugs. Two women were asleep there with five children. One of the women gave Lanza money but he held a knife on her and demanded drugs. Paradis lived in the building, and ran upstairs when he heard screams.
Lanza was convicted of second-degree murder. Blodgett said the parole board ruled in November. Lanza can request parole again in five years.