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Frederick Merrill is Moving to Tolland

The former inmate with a violent past was released from prison in October by the Board of Pardons and Paroles and has been living in transitional housing in Middletown.

After decades of criminal behavior, the man known as the Peanut Butter Bandit is moving back to Tolland.

Frederick R. Merrill, 66, a man with a violent criminal history and one who escaped from prison on several occasions, will move into his sister’s house at 528 Merrow Road on Thursday. Since his release from the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institute in Suffield on Oct. 5, 2012, Merrill has been residing at The Eddy Center in Middletown, a residential treatment facility.

“He has been cooperating and meeting his obligations, otherwise he wouldn’t go forward from Middletown,” Department of Correction spokesman Andrius Banevicius said earlier this week.

If Merrill does not continue to meet the conditions of his parole, the state has the ability to take him back to prison, Banevicius said.

Over the course of his criminal career, Merrill committed several violent sexual assaults, burglaries, kidnapping, assaults on police officers and burglaries in Tolland, South Windsor and Enfield, according to the DOC. For the first two decades, from 1967-87, Merrill escaped from Connecticut and Canadian prisons, only to be captured again and charged with additional offenses according to the DOC and the Hartford Courant.

In one infamous incident, Merrill escaped prison after his mother smuggled a handgun into the jail in a jar of peanut butter, according to the Hartford Courant, thus earning him the nickname the Peanut Butter Bandit.

Since his re-imprisonment in 2003, when he was sentenced to 20-years in prison for crimes related to a first-degree sexual assault in South Windsor and two burglaries in Enfield in 1987, Merrill has not escaped from the MacDougall-Walker Correctional, where he was being held.  

While living in Tolland, Merrill will be monitored by a specialized unit of the parole division that is specifically trained to manage sexual offenders, Banevicius said.

Although he would not discussion the specific requirements of Merrill’s parole because of privacy and security issues, Banevicius said, in general, sexual offenders are often compelled to undergo special medical treatment.

Merrill will be required to check-in with his parole officers once a week, register as a sexual offender and will be under GPS surveillance 24/7, Banevicius said. Because of his criminal past, Merrill will first be taken to Troop C in Tolland to meet with local troopers before being taken to his sister’s house on Merrow Road.

that in addition to standard parole requirements, Merrill might be subject to additional requirements, such as:

  • Electronic monitoring
  • No contact with victims or family members of victims
  • No consumption of alcoholic beverages, random toxicology screenings
  • Behavioral management for the treatment of problem sexual behavior

DeFeo also said in July that it would also be unlikey for Merrill to be allowed to live at a residence with young women or children.

DeFeo could not be reached for comment this week.

IRTURONG February 21, 2013 at 05:17 PM
he'll just continue to be part of the 47%
Malvi Lennon February 21, 2013 at 05:31 PM
@ Johnlll, "If he really did all that he is accused of doing". He was convicted by a jury of his peers so there is no "if". "Would he of only gotten 20 years and be getting out after only 10 years". Yes, it happens all the time particularly when government is controlled by liberals. The Malloy admin is soft on crime. While that may be because of his family history, his Democrat majority in Hartford has not done anything to reverse, the wrong that this Governor has brought upon law-abiding citizens.
John III February 21, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I can only hope he isn't part of the 47% Irturong. And Malvi, you need to sit in a courtroom for some amusement if you think half truths are good for a jury of his peers...I do not care for the liberal Dem. nor do I like the three strike rule. How many people are found innocent after years of being imprisoned by a jury of their peers? Not that that is were we are, but when someone does their time, they should be forgiven but not necessarily forgotten as I am sure our local boys in blue will not forget. And I can not blame Malloy for all this - after all he is in a tough crunch time with having to cut money from the supporting agencies for heat and food and shelter for the homeless ect ... and through all this he was able to offer our six figured judges in our state only a measly eight (8) million dollar raise. So you C, he is keeping his head on the target.
Teresa Boivin February 21, 2013 at 06:41 PM
First of all, all that he is accused and convicted of, much of this happened longer ago than 20 years. My uncle was a DOC CI in the 60's, he and another guard were transporting Merrill to court when he overtook them and tied them to a tree taking off with the car and escaping, obviously the time he got for that offense was much longer ago than 10 years. Therefore, many of the crimes being referenced her are not related to that 20 year conviction.I believe the 20 years is for 1 sexual assault so the other offenses would have been already served, the robbery, armed robbery, assault of DOC & Police, etc. Not that 1 sexual assault should ONLY be 20 years, 10 served. I don't have an answer to this problem, we can leave him there for the 20 year sentence but then in another 10 years what do we do? He has served his time at that point. I really can't print what I think should be done but then I may be too close to this situation.
JJ February 23, 2013 at 09:34 PM
For the record as much as I don't agree with the most recent sentence reduction law he is not part of that law. He actually is part of the old good time law that was suspended around 94 with the Truth in Sentencing Laws were passed. He was earning 12-17 days a month depending on if he had a prison job. So as bad as Malloy is and the Dems it has nothing to do with them this time. However their new credit program is a joke!!

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