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Parole Hearing For Man Convicted As Juvenile In 1996 Killing

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The Massachusetts Parole Board held a hearing Monday for a man convicted in a 1996 killing as a juvenile.

Anthony Rolon was convicted at the age of 17 of killing 20-year-old Robert Botelho Jr at New Bedford’s Presidential Heights housing complex.

Rolon was originally sentenced to life with no chance of parole. He became eligible due to recent rulings by both the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and U.S. Supreme Court that it was unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life without parole.

Parole Board spokesperson Caitlin Casey says once the hearing concludes the board will go into Executive Session and it could be months before a final decision is announced.

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