BEVERLY, MA — Two convicted murderers from the North Shore are among the more than 200 inmates released by the Massachusetts Department of Correction since a Supreme Judicial Court order earlier this month.
Richard Crotty, 62, and Barbara Goucher, 54, were both scheduled to be released Tuesday. Crotty served 32 years for the 1987 murder of Gary Landry in the basement of Landry’s Beverly home. Goucher was convicted of the 1998 stabbing death of 50-year-old Florence “Bunny” Munroe in Gloucester.
Both were beneficiaries of a ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court earlier this month that came after inmates rights groups raised concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus in state prisons. The ruling was primarily directed at people not yet convicted of nonviolent crimes who were awaiting trial, but also included provisions to speed up the release on parole of some convicted inmates.
On Tuesday, the state’s high