For Immediate Release - April 24, 2013

Parole Denied to Former Boston Man Convicted of 1992 Lynn Murder

The Massachusetts Parole Board denied parole to James Skinner, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder on January 12, 1994, in a decision released by the Board late yesterday.  The Board also imposed the maximum review period of 5 years.

“This defendant poses a serious risk to public safety,” said District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.  “After pleading guilty to killing an unarmed 62-year-old man, he has been kept in segregation or has been transferred out-of-state to maintain the safety of the prison population.  He has even been charged with killing another inmate.”

On November 23, 1992, Mr. Skinner, along with two co-defendants, forcibly entered the victim’s apartment, at 196 Washington Street in Lynn, with the intention of stealing drugs and money.  While the two co-defendants struggled with the victim’s son, Mr. Skinner stabbed Americo Maldonado, who was 62 at the time, multiple times, including a fatal wound to his chest.  Mr. Skinner was later arrested and charged with murder.

In opposing his parole, Essex Assistant District Attorney and Appeals Division Chief, Elin Graydon stated that Mr. Skinner continues to “minimize his role in Mr. Maldonado’s murder and expresses no remorse for it.”  She also cited Mr. Skinner’s lengthy criminal record as well as his record of violence while incarcerated.  He has been transferred out-of-state to New Hampshire, where he was charged with killing another inmate, Ohio and is now in Arizona.  He is considered so dangerous that, “a supervisor and two corrections officers must be present whenever his food trap is opened; and whenever he leaves his cell, he must be escorted on a gurney ‘in full restraints, with lead chain,’ and while accompanied by two officers and a sergeant,” Graydon said, citing a prison staff memo dated May 22, 2007.

“The defendant is an extremely violent career criminal with previous committed terms of incarceration which did nothing to prevent him from murdering Mr. Maldonado,” Graydon said.  “I urge the Board to deny parole with the maximum set-back in order to protect the community.”

The original case was prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Gerald Shea.  Northeastern University Law School student attorney Katie Ziparo represented Mr. Skinner at his November 6, 2012 parole hearing.

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