- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) - Police in Saugus are opposing the possible granting of parole to a man convicted as a teen of violently killing his 87-year-old neighbor in 1987.

Police Chief Domenic Dimella says Christopher Berry presents a “significant danger” to the community and should remain in prison. He says “several judges” have described the likelihood of Berry’s rehabilitation as “next to impossible.”

Berry has a parole hearing Nov. 19. A recent state Supreme Judicial Court decision makes all juveniles sentenced to life in prison eligible for parole consideration.

On Dec. 16, 1987, a then-16-year-old Berry broke into his neighbor’s house after spending the night drinking and taking drugs. He found Virginia Woodward in her bed and stabbed her eight times.

A jury found Berry guilty of first degree murder and burglary with assault.


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