Convicted killer denied parole following plea from victim’s family

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A convicted killer will remain behind bars for at least another decade after he was denied parole on Wednesday.

Frank Moniz is currently serving a life sentence for the 1990 murder of his estranged wife, Maryellen Medeiros.

The Parole Board will reconsider his case in January 2030.

It was a difficult day for Medeiros’s siblings, who had to relive her murder as they pleaded with board members to not grant Moniz’s request.

“She was an amazing woman,” Katherine Lescault said of her sister.

Prosecutors say Medeiros was left for dead after being slashed and stabbed at least 52 times in her Pawtucket apartment. She and Moniz had been separated for about a month before the gruesome murder took place.

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David Morowitz, who prosecuted the case, was asked by the family to attend Wednesday’s hearing. He said while he’s handled a lot of murder cases in his career, this was by far “the most brutal” he’s ever seen.

“Only one of the wounds was a fatal wound. He tortured her,” Morowitz said. “I heard the tape, the 911 call with her in the background screaming and you would not know it was a human being.”

Morowitz told the parole board that Moniz should still be considered a threat to the community since this case demonstrated his lack of impulse control.

“I think we’re all in danger if this man is out on the street,” Morowitz added. “He showed no remorse.”

From inside the hearing room, dozens of people could be heard outside, chanting, “no parole.” Protesters held signs with phrases like “Justice for Maryellen” while others simply featured the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Five of Medeiros’s siblings were in attendance and all testified before the board. Another sister in Pennsylvania was unable to make the trip.

Lescault, who has served as the family’s spokesperson over the years, told the board she and her siblings were there not just for Maryellen’s rights but for all victims of domestic violence.

“When are we going to break the silence? When are we gonna put a stop to this?” she asked.

Lescault noted that this is the third time her family has faced the parole board “to keep this monster behind bars.”

“We’re afraid if he gets out, is he looking for revenge?” she said. “Will he come after us for all the times we fought him to keep him in?”

For anonymous, confidential help 24/7, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). If you are in immediate danger – call 911.

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