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Convicted killer may be eligible for parole after SJC ruling

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( -- An elderly man was beaten to death in his own home and his killer, a teenager at the time, was sent away for life; however, a Supreme Court ruling could set him free.

Vickie Stuart never imagined she'd have to think again about either of the two men convicted of killing her 79-year-old grandfather, Lewis Jennings, in his home one July night in 1986. But one of the killers, Jeffrey Roberio, was 17 at the time of the murder.

He was given a life without parole sentence, but thanks to an SJC decision banning life without parole for anyone under 18, Roberio will have his sentence reduced and he will be eligible for parole. And that has Stuart outraged.

“Seventeen years old. You're an adult. You know right from wrong,” she said.

Roberio was convicted twice of first degree murder for Jennings’ death. The SJC granted him a new trial in 1998, he was convicted.

Stuart said her grandfather was killed over money, and that he died a brutal death, trying to defend himself in his own home.

“They dragged him from room to room. There was blood splatter everywhere. They broke bones in his body. They strangled him,” she said.

She went on to say that it was a brutal murder, but her grandfather had defensive wounds on his hands. He tried to put up a fight.

Now, Stuart and her family have to deal with the justice system all over again. Next week, Roberio will be in court to officially have his sentence reduced. They want to be there.

And soon, they'll have to plead to the parole board to keep a killer behind bars.

“We still live with it every day. Every day it's with us. And it’s not going to be fair if he is walking the streets,” Stuart said.

Now Jennings’ family has the life sentence.

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