Man convicted of 1960 murder of store clerk in Saugus granted parole


Robert Pigott said in 2015 that his brother’s death “destroyed my family. He destroyed my mother and my father. They didn’t live a day without thinking of my brother’s memories.

Norman Porter in 2015. Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

The state parole board on Tuesday granted parole to Norman Porter, 82, a convicted murderer who escaped from a Massachusetts prison in 1985 and lived under an assumed name in Chicago for 20 years before being taken over.

The board said in its ruling that Porter, convicted in 1962 of second-degree murder for the 1960 murder of 22-year-old store clerk Jackie Pigott during a Saugus robbery, is now a “candidate appropriate” for parole, citing factors such as Porter’s health issues and participation in work, education and treatment programs behind bars. The ruling said the board “is of the opinion that Mr. Porter is rehabilitated and merits parole at this time.”

He was convicted of the murder of Pigott, who was shot on September 29, 1960, during a robbery at a Saugus clothing store; and David Robinson Sr., 53, a Middlesex County jail master shot dead in 1961 when Porter and another inmate escaped from Cambridge jail. Governor Michael Dukakis commuted Porter’s life sentence for murdering Robinson in 1978. The other inmate was the trigger for Robinson’s murder. Porter escaped from prison in 1985 and eluded capture until March 2005 in Chicago, where he was found living under the alias Jacob “JJ” Jameson and had become known for his poetry.

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