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Boston bomber, 64, serving life files for compassion release due to COVID outbreak at jail

Boston bomber, 64, who killed cop and left another maimed in 1991 blast begs for compassion release from Arizona prison where 900 inmates were infected with COVID-19 and nine died

  • Alfred Trenkler, 64, is serving life in prison in Arizona for killing an officer in 1991 
  • In the explosion, that was reportedly meant for the father of his gay lover, Boston Officer Jeremiah Hurley was killed while trying to dismantle the bomb 
  • His partner, Officer Francis Foley, was seriously injured when the bomb exploded
  • Trenkler’s lawyer recently filed a motion for a compassionate release, citing a COVID outbreak at the US Penitentiary Tucson, where 900 have been infected 
  • Nine inmates have also died at the prison, which his lawyer says warrants a compassionate release ‘on this basis alone’
  • Trenkler wants to leave prison so he can move to Maine with his half brother

The lawyer for Alfred Trenkler (pictured in 2006) who is serving life in prison for killing one officer and leaving another maimed, has filed for a compassion release

The lawyer for a Boston bomber who is serving life in prison for killing one officer and leaving another maimed for life has filed for a compassion release due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Arizona facility where he’s being held after 900 inmates were infected by the virus and another nine died. 

Alfred Trenkler is being held at the US Penitentiary Tucson where, according to his lawyer, Nancy Gertner, 900 prisoners have been infected with the coronavirus

According to the Boston Herald, Gertner wrote in her motion that nine prisoners have also died and a ‘compassionate release is warranted on this basis alone’.

Trenkler is serving out his life sentence after he was convicted in 1994 of an October 1991 bombing that left one officer dead and another severely injured. 

The two officers, members of the Boston Police Department Bomb Squad, were called to the Roslindale home of Thomas L. Shay Sr, the father of Trenkler’s alleged lover, Thomas L. Shay Jr, on October 28, 1991. 

Authorities said the bomb was located in Shay Sr’s driveway when officers arrived. Shar Sr had also reported that he had heard a loud noise from under his vehicle when he left home that same day. It’s believed the bomb was placed under his car but fell off in the driveway.  

Officer Jeremiah Hurley was killed and his partner, Officer Francis Foley, was seriously injured when the bomb exploded as they tried to dismantle it.

Foley lost an eye and was permanently disabled from the incident. 

Trenkler is being held at the US Penitentiary Tucson (pictured) where, according to his lawyer, Nancy Gertner, 900 prisoners have been infected with COVID. Gertner wrote in her motion that nine prisoners have died and a 'compassionate release is warranted on this basis alone'

Trenkler is being held at the US Penitentiary Tucson (pictured) where, according to his lawyer, Nancy Gertner, 900 prisoners have been infected with COVID. Gertner wrote in her motion that nine prisoners have died and a ‘compassionate release is warranted on this basis alone’

The remote-controlled bomb contained two or three sticks of dynamite, according to authorities. 

According to the Herald, investigators said the bomb was intended for Shay Sr because his son, Shay Jr, wanted to kill his father to retaliate for abuse and cash in on his insurance money. 

Shay Jr was also found guilty of conspiring with Trenkler. Shay Jr was sentenced to 16 years in prison. 

Jurors found Shay Jr guilty of aiding and abetting in the attempted malicious destruction of the car, causing the death of Hurley. 

As part of motion to issue Trenkler a compassion plea, Gertner said that the case ‘also raises profound questions about his guilt, and a conviction which could only have been obtained in an atmosphere suffused with homophobia’.  

Trenkler is serving out his life sentence after he was convicted of an October 1991 bombing that killed Boston Officer Jeremiah Hurley (pictured on a stretcher) and severely injured Officer Francis Foley

Trenkler is serving out his life sentence after he was convicted of an October 1991 bombing that killed Boston Officer Jeremiah Hurley (pictured on a stretcher) and severely injured Officer Francis Foley 

Officer Foley (pictured in April 2007) was seriously injured when the bomb exploded as he and Hurley tried to dismantle it

Officer Foley (pictured in April 2007) was seriously injured when the bomb exploded as he and Hurley tried to dismantle it

‘The bottom line is that the government’s theory of the case did not then and does not now make sense; worse, it played on the jury’s anti-gay biases,’ added, according to the Herald. 

‘It is undisputed that Trenkler did not know Tom Shay Sr, at all; he had no reason to want to kill him,’ Gertner wrote.

‘The only way to link Trenkler to this horrendous plot was by suggesting sotto voce (very softly) that somehow gay men are capable of anything. It was the prejudicial glue for an otherwise improbable, even discredited, theory,’ she added. 

The motion also cites bad forensic evidence and ‘the ravings of an unstable teenager by the name of Tom Shay Jr’.

Trenkler said he wants to leave prison so that he can move to Maine with his half brother.  

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