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Koonce Commutation Scrutinized, Applauded At Hearing

Thomas Koonce, who has been incarcerated for three decades for first-degree murder, answers questions Wednesday from the Governor's Council, which is considering his bid for a commutation to become eligible for parole. He is joined by his attorney Timothy Foley (right). [Sam Doran/SHNS]

Facing the prospect of a commutation that would make him eligible for parole after three decades behind bars, convicted murderer Thomas Koonce said Wednesday that he takes "full responsibility" for shooting and killing a New Bedford man in 1987.

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