- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A man convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two Springfield police officers in 1985 is getting out of prison next week.

The state Parole Board tells The Republican newspaper (https://bit.ly/1yXEdvP ) that 51-year-old Juan Ortiz is scheduled to be released Tuesday. The board voted 4-2 in January 2013 to grant parole to Ortiz after he expressed remorse and took responsibility. He’s moving to Illinois, where he will be on parole for life, and subject to a return to prison in Massachusetts if he violates parole conditions.

Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina were shot during a traffic stop. Ortiz’s brother, Eduardo, was determined to be the gunman but Juan Ortiz was convicted under the state’s joint venture law. Eduardo Ortiz killed himself hours after the shootings.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/


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