Paroled murderer accused of breaking into Marshfield home
A Winslow Street homeowner woke up at 3 a.m. and confronted a paroled murderer who beat and kicked a Kingston lung cancer patient to death in 1991, police say.
James J. Allen, 49, of 36 Off Cherry St., who was released from prison early in 2006, entered the home about 3 a.m. Sunday, waking the owner, John Davidson, who had no idea who was in his house.
“Oh my God,” he said when told of Allen’s past. “I had no idea. That’s unbelievable. I should have let my dog on him. I hope they lock him up for good this time.”
Davidson said he heard someone running in the house and jumped out of bed.
He confronted Allen in the living room, getting between Allen and Davidson’s mixed-breed pit bull.
“She’s usually nice, but she didn’t like him at all,” Davidson said.
Davidson said Allen was yelling, mumbling and staring at him, but eventually ran out of the house and stood in the driveway.
“He kept staring at me,” Davidson said. “It was strange.”
Police found Allen hiding in a neighbor’s van, the police report says.
Allen, who works for Cape Cod Mechanical, told police he was on a service call and claimed the van was his.
Allen was charged with two counts of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a felony.
Judge Thomas Brownell set bail at $100, but Allen was held without bail for violating the terms of his parole in the murder case.
Allen and George E. Fraser III killed Henry Long, 47, of Kingston, in May 1991.
The two kicked, stomped and then repeatedly tossed the emaciated lung cancer patient into the air before letting him fall to the ground.
Allen laughed throughout the attack, prosecutors said.
Long was about 5 feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds.
Fraser and Allen were caring for Long in his Rocky Nook home where Long lived with a woman. He died of a fractured skull and trauma to the brain stem.
Plymouth Superior Court Judge Cortland Mathers sentenced Allen to life in prison for second-degree murder. He became eligible for parole after 15 years.
Fraser, of Kingston, was released after serving a 7-to-12-year sentence and died in a house fire in 2005.
Plymouth police received notice of Allen’s parole in September 2006, but it mentions only a breaking-and-entering conviction, not the murder.
Parole officials could not be reached for comment on why there was no mention of the murder conviction on the parole notification.
Plymouth police Capt. Michael Botieri says his department receives parole notices when convicted felons move into town after being released.
The notice gives the offense, jail sentence, probation contact information, and the felon’s address, Botieri said. He did not know why there was no mention of the murder conviction on the parole notice.
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