Reinstate the Death Penalty for Cop Killers in MA
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On April 12th, 2018, a 32 year old K9 police officer, Sean Gannon, and his K9, Nero, were both shot, while serving an arrest warrant to a career criminal with 125 prior charges on his record. This promising Yarmouth Police officer's life was cut short when he was fatally shot in the head, forever changing the lives of his loving wife, his family, his friends, his Department, and the tight knit Cape Cod community that he called home.
The criminal, Thomas Latanowich, now known only as "125" to the community, has been described “a notorious and violent criminal,” by the Yarmouth Police Department. His adult criminal offender record details his most serious charges that ended with a conviction:
Nov. 24, 2014, Fall River District Court
Conviction: Misdemeanor; operating under the influence of liquor
June 28, 2010, Barnstable District Court
Conviction: Felony; carrying a dangerous weapon, a double edge switchblade
Feb. 1, 2010, Barnstable Superior Court
Conviction: Felony; assault with a dangerous weapon
Conviction: Felony; witness intimidation
Conviction: 25 Counts: Felony; Possession of a firearm without a permit
Conviction: 8 Counts: Felony; Possession of a large capacity weapon/feeding device
May 7, 2008, Barnstable District Court
Conviction: 2 Counts; Felony; possession of a firearm without a permit
He served almost 4 years in prison and was out on probation. In 2016, he was accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend. In an ironic twist of fate, Sean Gannon responded to the call and testified to seeing the red marks and slashed tires left by "125", but the case was dismissed in the absence of the testimony of the girlfriend.
This man was involved just two weeks prior to the killing of officer Gannon, in a car chase with MA State Police, that ended without result, when "125" drove into a residential area and the pursuit was halted for the safety of area residents.
"125" has been given opportunity after opportunity and has proven that he is not worthy of redemption. When he's found guilty of this last, most heinous crime, he will become a burden on the State for the remainder of his life. There is no justifiable reason to keep him alive.
The State Supreme Judicial court abolished the Death Penalty in MA in 1984, but there is renewed interest in a bill presented by Rep. James Micelli (D-Wilmington) to reinstate the death penalty. MA State Representative, Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton) also signed her name to the bill. Governor Charlie Baker stated in 2016 with the death of Auburn Officer Ronald Tarantino, that he would be in favor of the death penalty for cop killers, a sentiment he reiterated recently.
Please send a message to our MA State Legislators to reinstate the Death Penalty in Massachusetts for Convicted Killers of Police Officers.
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