For Immediate Release - January 16, 2013

Parole Denied to Killer in 1987 Lynn Murder

The Massachusetts Parole Board denied parole to Frank Lanza, who was convicted of 2nd degree murder in the 1987 stabbing death of James Paradis, 28, in a decision released by the Board on November 7, 2012.  Mr. Paradis was awarded the Carnegie Medal which is given to a “civilian who voluntarily risks his or her life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person.”

“I am pleased that the Parole Board has denied parole to Mr. Lanza,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “He took the life of man who was bravely rushing to aid his neighbor and, in doing so, devastated the victim’s family.”

On October 23, 1987, Lanza had run out of drugs and went to a 3rd floor apartment at 17 William Street in Lynn, where he had purchased drugs in the past, with the intention of robbing the occupants of drugs and money.  At approximately 3:00 am, Lanza broke into the apartment wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a knife. Two women were asleep in the apartment with 5 children.  One of the women woke up and was confronted by Lanza who demanded that she give him money and cocaine.  She gave him money and he continued to threaten her with the knife.  During this struggle, the woman screamed out for help.  James Paradis, who lived on the 2nd floor, heard the screams and ran upstairs to help.  As Lanza was fleeing the building, he stabbed Paradis twice in the chest.  Paradis died from the stab wounds.

In opposing parole, Essex Assistant District and Appeals Division Chief Elin Graydon pointed to Board’s repeated denial of parole on three prior occasions based on his extensive criminal record, his lack of insight and remorse and suggested that those issues are still a concern.  She also highlighted Lanza’s 18 disciplinary reports which occurred while he was actively seeking parole, stating, “[W]hether his disregard of the rules is willful or whether he simply acts without thinking of the consequences, one must question the effectiveness of his efforts to be rehabilitated.”

The Parole Board ruled that Mr. Lanza will not be eligible for parole for another 5 years.