BOSTON — A murderer who escaped two weeks ago has sent a letter of apology to the head of the state's prison system, but he said he has no plans to return.
"I'd rather get the apology face to face," said Correction Commissioner Michael V. Fair, who had arranged for the inmate to be transferred to a minimum-security prison.
The inmate, Armand Therrien, broke his promise of good behavior to Fair, who overruled a correction classification board ruling in 1985 and approved Therrien's petition for transfer to a minimum-security prison in Lancaster.
"He was an atypical inmate because of his background," Associate Commissioner Dennis Humphrey said Sunday. "He stood out."
Therrien, 51, a former New Hampshire state trooper who was serving two consecutive life terms for killing his business partner and a Westwood police officer in 1975, escaped Dec. 11 while on a regular work assignment at Worcester State Hospital.