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Man eligible for parole after murder conviction as teen

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NATICK, Mass. (WHDH) - An inmate who has been in jail more than 20 years after being convicted of murder as a teen is now eligible for parole thanks to a new law.

Joe Donovan, 38, was found guilty of killing an MIT student in 1994 when he was just 17-years-old.

The new law acknowledges scientific findings that a juvenile’s brain isn’t fully developed and because of that the law bans life sentences without parole.

“I know the choices I’ve made in the past have been bad and they’ve caused a lot of pain and I hope this board can see that I’ve grown out of the ignorance of my youth,” Donovan said.

There are 44 Massachusetts inmates who are now eligible for parole under the new law.

A decision on Donovan’s parole will be announced the next time the Parole Board meets, but that could be several weeks or several months.
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