Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, who opposed Stote’s release, said the law is “fundamentally problematic” because it places parole decisions in the hands of a single person, the Department of Correction commissioner, who ultimately determines whether inmates are so incapacitated that they couldn’t harm anyone. If an inmate’s condition dramatically improves after his release, prosecutors also have no authority to request that his parole be revoked. That decision falls to the parole board.
“He’s free and really without a whole lot of supervision,” said Gulluni, adding that prosecutors and the victim’s family have not been given any information about Stote’s health condition or where he is. “I think it’s unjust, troubling, and unfair.”