Convicted First-Degree Murderer Granted Parole

A 37-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder as a teenager is now on track to be released from prison following a 6-0 vote by the state parole board Thursday.

Frederick Christian was 17 years old when he watched a friend fatally shoot two men and left a third for dead during a robbery in Brockton. At the time, he told police he was involved in the robbery but was unaware of any plans to kill the victims.

Christian is among the 65 convicts in Massachusetts affected by landmark decisions from the US Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that held life sentences without parole were unconstitutional for juvenile offenders, the Boston Globe reports:

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"After careful consideration of all relevant facts, including the nature of the underlying offense, the age of the inmate at the time of the crime, criminal record, institutional record, the inmate's testimony at the hearing, and the views of the public as expressed at the hearing or in writing, we conclude by unanimous vote that the inmate is a suitable candidate for parole," the board concluded in a written decision released today.

You can read their full report here.