Felon on parole kills cop – previously serving three consecutive life sentences

Woburn, Mass. police officer Jack Maguire, 60, a married father, was killed in the line of duty on Sunday night. His killer, who took advantage of the blizzard to rob the Kohls jewelery counter in Woburn, was paroled in Feb. 2009 after being handed three consecutive life sentences for multiple crimes.

This will no doubt result in a close look at the parole system in Massachusetts in the coming months. A quick read of Dominic Cinelli’s (the ex-con criminal-felon piece-of-garbage) background indicates he went into prison in May 1986. How three consecutive life sentences equals less than 23 years, I’ll never understand.

You can read about the exploits of Cinelli and his two accomplices at the Boston Herald’s website here and here. Cinelli was shot and killed by Maguire in a shoot-out in the parking lot. Although no trial will be necessary for Cinelli, his two accomplices should be charged with capital-felony murder as far as I’m concerned.

Maguire, son of the late Woburn Police Chief Thomas J. Maguire, had just come from talking a woman out of committing suicide, the current chief said. …

Maguire leaves his wife of 23 years, Desiree Maguire, 54, a son, Bryan, 22, and daughter, Tara, 21.

“Jack gave his all to the department,” [Woburn Police Chief Philip] Mahoney said. “He was just someone who could make you laugh. We just can’t believe Jack is not with us. It’s just terrible.”

I’ve been reading too many stories about officers being killed in the line of duty. Say a prayer for the families of these law enforcement heroes. In the last week, we’ve lost four officers – including Maguire –  involved in shootings with dirt-bags.

11 replies
  1. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    Governments first obligation is to protect it's law abiding citizens, and protect our God given rights.  If those we elect had any clue this would never have happened.  My heart & prayers go out to the family of Officer Mguire.

  2. obummer
    obummer says:

    Three consecutive life sentences and this dirtbag is out of jail? Good God….condolences to the officer's family and brother and sister officers.

  3. mynoc3
    mynoc3 says:

    Remember, this is the state where it's not illegal to be illegal.  This is the state where the president's illegal alien aunt lives in.  We don't enforce the laws, why would this surprise anyone?

  4. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Where can I read about the interviews with the members of the parole board who thought they knew what was best for society, instead of the convict?

     Feel good, political correctness is destroying our world.

  5. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Steve, thank you for this post. My prayers will definitely be with the family of police officer Maguire. Now, I'll show my bias. I'd like to know more about this criminal's crimes. The mafia was in full swing in the 80's in MA. There  was a gang (forgot name Winter Hill?)and it was broken up by FBI. Could it be corrupt parole boards letting out criminals who had done jobs for the gang?


    I know I have a mafia phobia, but I did have personal knowledge of a man who did some jobs for mafia, did time and was released TOO EARLY. Anyway, MA residents should ask some Hard questions.

  6. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    Methinks the parole board is exempt from prosecution, else they would make better decisions.

    Shame on them for abrogating their responsibility onto Officer Maguire.

  7. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    What a senseless tragedy.  As far as I am concerned, all life sentences (but especially consecutive ones) should be without parole.  How do 3 consecutive life sentences equal 23 years served?  My condolences and prayers go out to the Maguire family as well as Officer Maguire's coworkers.  Never should have happened.

  8. JohnK
    JohnK says:

    Our judicial and parole systems are discusting.  A police chief in Hoyoke spent the last few years working to have judges elected so that they would have to answer to the people.

    He is now retiring rather than keep banging his head against the wall.

    Thank you Chief Scott.

  9. BEA
    BEA says:

    My deepest condolences to police officer Jack Maguire's family.

    You're right Steve, they need our prayers now more than ever because what they have to deal with gets worse every year. My brother is now a very young, retired State Trooper with a pretty nice pension…and believe me…he's earned every penny. I'm sure there are more, but two professions come to mind that definitely don't get paid what they are worth…our law enforcement and military heroes!!

  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Ok, so I have too vivid an imagination. Cinelli was just a two-bit punk, albeit a wily one. Two things that struck me, a son of a policeman and he was hooked on heroin at 14? Also, his brother also killed a policeman. I hope they find him before he kills anyone else. I just keep thinking of Officer Maguire and his family. What a tragedy and it could have been avoided so simply. Hang the Parole Board, Ok I'm not that crazy.

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