SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's been just over a week since the remains of three women were found at 1333 Page Boulevard in Springfield.
After finding out about Stewart Weldon's lengthy criminal history, the city’s Mayor Domenic Sarno said he's working to keep repeat offenders off the streets.
Family and friends are still heartbroken as they mourn the loss of the three women whose remains were found in Stewart Weldon's Page Blvd. home last week.
Weldon has yet to be criminally charged in connection with the deaths of Kayla Escalante, America Lyden, and Ernestine Ryans.
Weldon's criminal history dates back to the 1990's.
Mayor Sarno wants to keep repeat offenders off the streets. A statement issued by the city’s mayor on Sunday said in part:
“Stewart Weldon is another choir boy let go by our judicial system.” (See full statement below)
Mayor Sarno Issues Statement on Page Blvd Incident and Stewart R. Weldon: pic.twitter.com/bRfKMBxeB5— CityofSpringfield,MA (@SpfldMACityHall) June 3, 2018
Sarno said the judicial system released Weldon too soon.
“There is a track record here a long, negative and hideous track record,” said Mayor Sarno. “He is no choir boy and should not be treated like one by the judicial system.”
Sarno is working with other state officials on legislation that would authorize the state to appeal bails.
Under current law, a defendant can request a superior court, or state supreme court justice to review a district court bail they feel is unfair.
Sarno's proposal would give the victim the same right to ask for a bail review.
Sarno said he's not trying to take away defendants' rights. He wants to make the city and state safer for law-abiding residents.
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