Help Free a Man Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned
The Decision & Sentence
On May 23, 2002 Michael O'Laughlin was found guilty, by a panel of twelve jurors, for the beating of Annmarie Kotowski.
On May 29, 2002 Michael O’Laughlin was sentenced to 35-50 years to be spent in a Massachusetts maximum-security prison.
1. Burglary armed assault on an occupant 35-50 years
2. Armed assault in a dwelling 35-50 years
3. Armed assault with attempt to murder 19-20 years
4. Assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon 9-10 years
This sentence means that Michael O’Laughlin must spend a minimum of 35 years in prison before he is eligible for parole (for Michael to be eligible for parole in 35 years he must admit to this crime—something he cannot do). This is in effect a life sentence for Michael. Michael’s two daughters will be grown adults and may have children of their own before Michael is even considered for parole. There are admitted murderers in the same prison as Michael that have been given less of a sentence then Michael.
Michael O’Laughlin had NEVER been convicted of a crime before in his entire life. He has been wrongfully convicted of this crime and sentenced to a maximum sentence.