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Parole denied again in bungled murder conviction

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 17:35:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Thomas Hollywood, a retired New York City cop, was shot and killed in Pasco County in 1981.

So was a woman named Beatrice Eagan who rushed over to help him.

But now, it’s time for the families of those victims, including Hollywood’s oldest daughter, to return to Tallahassee.

“We come to keep the murder of our families in jail. Someone has to. You can’t let them out," said Nadine Hollywood.

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There were many eye-witnesses and it took only 90 minutes for a jury to convict John Blasi.

But the jury accidentally checked the “attempted” murder box, and the error couldn't be fixed.

A judge sentenced Blasi to 208 years in prison, which was the maximum for attempted murder charges.

Before her death, Hollywood’s wife told her children to make sure Blasi never got out.

That’s why children and grandchildren are at Wednesday's parole hearing.

One couple did speak on Blasi’s behalf, saying he’s a talented artist and a model prisoner.

“We don’t want to hear that. We are not here to hear that," said Hollywood.

Relief for these families did come as the parole board denied Blasi’s release yet again.

“We are very happy with the outcome today. At least we get another seven years. And we’ll be back in seven years," said Hollywood.