For Immediate Release - November 02, 2012

Parole Denied to Killer in 1996 Peabody Murder

The Massachusetts Parole Board denied parole to John Keegan, who pled guilty to 2nd degree murder in the 1996 beating death of Kristen Crowley, in a decision released by the Board today.  The Board also imposed the maximum review period of 5 years. 

“This decision keeps a dangerous criminal behind bars,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “Mr. Keegan committed a heinous crime in the kidnapping and brutal beating of Kristen Crowley.  He has never taken responsibility for his actions.  I will continue to oppose his release as long as I am District Attorney.”

On June 1, 1996, Keegan and Timothy Dykens spotted the victim at a gas station convenience store in Peabody.  They followed her to her home a short distance away where they dragged her into the woods, attempted to rape her and then killed her.  On October 28, 1997, Keegan pled guilty to 2nd degree murder and attempted aggravated rape one day after Dykens was convicted of first-degree murder.

In opposing his parole, Essex Assistant District Attorney and Appeals Division Chief Elin Graydon stated that Mr. Keegan has failed to fully admit the nature and extent of his role in the murder, continues to engage in abusive and deceitful relationships with women while in custody, has delayed participating in a sex offender treatment program and has a weak plan should he be released.

“This murder was a sex-driven, alcohol-fueled stranger assault in which two men targeted a lone female,” Graydon wrote in her opposition letter.  “Release is not compatible with the welfare of society.”