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Family of Murdered Springfield Cop Wants to Stop Release of Convicted Killer


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The family of a murdered Springfield police officer is fighting the release of a man convicted in the killing.

Last year, Juan Ortiz was granted parole after spending 29 years in prison.

Ortiz’s brother, Eddie, was identified as the gunman who shot and killed Springfield police officers Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard in December of 1985.

Juan Ortiz was in the car with him and was convicted of second degree murder.

While the parole board feels it’s time for Ortiz to go free, the Schiavina family does not.

“We came to Superior Court because there is no other court that will give us the remedy we’re seeking and we understand the parole board, in it’s decision, failed to abide by the statute that governs the parole board,” says Attorney Erin Wyllie who represents the Schiavina family.

For one, the family feels that Ortiz never admitted his culpability in the police killings.

“He showed absolutely no insight into his taking of the lives, of these two police officers and the board condoned it,” Attorney Wyllie adds.

The Schiavina family asked Judge Edward McDonough to issue a temporary restraining order preventing the release of Ortiz.

Ortiz is currently in a transitional facility for 18 months before going free.

That could come as early as October, 2014.

Judge McDonough took the matter under advisement.

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