BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty is part of a movement urging Governor Charlie Baker to release a Brockton man convicted of first-degree murder in a 1994 robbery.

William Allen has served 27 years in prison for his role in the case. His co-defendant actually stabbed the victim to death. That co-defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was released in 2011.

The state Board of Pardons recommended to Baker last month that Allen’s felony murder conviction be commuted to second-degree murder. That would then allow him to be eligible for parole.

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s office and members of the victim’s family support the move.

Devin McCourty at a rally for William Allen in Boston, Oct. 5, 2021. (WBZ-TV)


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