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Massachusetts Man Convicted of Murder 25 Years Ago Has Parole Hearing

Thomas Maimoni was convicted of killing Martha Brailsford

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    A man sent to prison for murdering a woman 25 years ago, made his third attempt at parole in a Massachusetts court on Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016)

    A man sent to prison for murdering a woman 25 years ago, made his third attempt at parole in a Massachusetts court on Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas Maimoni, 71, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Martha Brailsford, 37, of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1991.

    Maimoni was eligible to seek parole after serving 15 years of his sentence.

    At the hearing on Tuesday, he first apologized for Brailsford's death then changed course.

    "I alone am responsible for the death of Martha Brailsford," he said. "I did not attack Martha. There was no fight on the deck, no beating."

    Brailsford was beaten unconscious on Maimoni's sailboat and her body was thrown overboard, also tied to an anchor.

    Maimoni said a rove wave was to blame.

    Brailsford's family was at the hearing on Tuesday at the parole board's headquarters in Natick. The family said they are tired of attending the hearings and listening to Maimoni changing his stories.

    "It would be really good to not take this every 5 years," said Brian Brailsford, Martha's husband. "He should be in prison for the rest of his life."

    Maimoni did not have anyone to speak on his behalf. He will remain in prison until the parole board’s decision, which is expected in the next few months.

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