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Judge Denies Request from John Justice

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Convicted killer John Justice has been denied his request to be release from the Erie County Holding Center.

The Kenmore man served almost 20 years in prison for the murders of his family and a neigbhor. But while on parole, Justice was sent back to prison for allegedly threatening to kill a worker at a half-way house where he was living. Justice was in back court Wednesday.

John Justice argued before Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia that he should be released from the holding center and not returned to the Grace House.

Justice described the half-way house as an East Side "crack house" where parolees are selling crack cocaine and guns, and others sneak out at night to commit crimes. Justice remains under the Office of Mental Health and parole. But Justice and his attorney argued that both have failed to help him adjust to life after prison.

The Attorney General's office also argued that Justice simply did not like the half-way house. But Justice told the courtroom that what he experienced at the Grace house was a "scandal".

Still, the judge denied the request. Justice plans to appeal. The judge has asked both sides to find out if the Office of Mental Health and Parole complied with Justice's parole.

A hearing is set for June 22nd. The judge said yesterday's court appearance was an inappropriate procedure to rule on that issue. Meanwhile, Justice's Parole hearing is set for May 16th.

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