Mother of murder victim speaks at Parole Board hearing for one of the two men who killed her daughter

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The mother of murder victim Kristen Crowley told state Parole Board members on Tuesday that John Keegan, the man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Crowley’s 1996 slaying, “could have saved her life” but instead he helped kill her.”I gave life to her,” said Sue Gove Ramunda, “John Keegan took her life from me.”Incarcerated in a state prison in Norfolk for 15 years, Keegan made the case for his release from prison during three hours of questioning Tuesday by board members at the board’s Natick headquarters.Ramunda and four Crowley family members, including her former husband, asked the board to keep Keegan in prison.Keegan testified that his involvement in Crowley’s June 2, 1996 killing was limited to driving convicted murderer Timothy Dykens to the Peabody condominium complex where Crowley lived and trying to stop Dykens when he assaulted and dragged Crowley, 27, into a wooded area.But a prosecutor reminded the board that the version of the murder Keegan told on Tuesday does not square with his trial testimony.”He (Keegan) had a far more active role,” Assistant District Attorney Elin Graydon told the board, “He pleaded guilty to this, but it’s as if he has a new version.”Read the complete story in Wednesday’s Daily Item.

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