Parole granted for man convicted in 1960 murder of Saugus store clerkEnglish 

Parole granted for man convicted in 1960 murder of Saugus store clerk


Robert Pigott said in 2015 that his brother’s death “destroyed my family. It destroyed my mother and father. They didn’t live a day without thinking about my brother’s memories.

Norman Porter 2015. By Joanne Rathe/Globe

The state parole board on Tuesday granted parole to 82-year-old Norman Porter, a convicted murderer who escaped from a Massachusetts prison in 1985 and lived under an assumed name in Chicago for 20 years before being recaptured.

In its decision, the board said Porter, convicted in 1962 of second-degree murder for the 1960 slaying of 22-year-old saleswoman Jackie Pigott during a Saugus robbery, was now a “suitable candidate” for parole, citing factors including Porter’s health problems and participation in programs work, education and treatment behind bars. The ruling stated that the board “is of the opinion that Mr. Porter has been rehabilitated and deserves parole at this time.”

He was convicted of murdering Pigott, who was shot on September 29, 1960, during a robbery at a Saugus clothing store; and David Robinson Sr., 53, the warden of the Middlesex County Jail who was killed in 1961 when Porter and another inmate escaped from the Cambridge jail. Governor Michael Dukakis commuted Porter’s life sentence for killing Robinson in 1978. Another inmate was the triggerman in Robinson’s murder. Porter escaped from prison in 1985 and evaded arrest until March 2005 in Chicago, where he was found living under the pseudonym Jacob “JJ” Jameson and becoming known for his poetry.

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