The family of a couple murdered by a convicted killer that should not have been released from prison is suing the state of Massachusetts for $20 million. Daniel Taveres was serving life in prison without parole when officials released him in June 2007 after serving 16 years for killing his mother.
Taveres was let out after marrying a woman that he had met online and with whom he had developed a relationship. The couple moved to Graham, Washington and was living in a trailer owner by the woman’s family. The couple living next door, Brian Mauck, 30, and Beverly Mauck, 28, was shot to death by Taveres over $50 that he said he was owed for giving a tattoo to Brian Mauck. Tavares had only been a free man for a few months when he killed the couple.
While Tavares should never have been eligible for parole, the Massachusetts prison made other mistakes in releasing him. Prison officials could have kept him another year if they had filled out paperwork that would have shown his record of assaulting other prisoners. They also failed to turn Tavares over to Florida officials for an outstanding warrant there and did not notify officials in Washington when they learned that he had moved there.